Building an off grid survival garden in hot, humid summer conditions such as Central Texas where the temperature can be in the 100 degree ranges for days can be very challenging. In America or any parts of the world for
that matter, the weather conditions usually are very hot or very cold.
How can you possibly grow food under these conditions when living off-grid.
If you ask , for example, an older Texans in his 70’s or 80’s, what it was like farming and growing a garden in extreme hot conditions, you will quickly discovered that a large majority of them were not gardening in the hot summer months of July and August.
Most of them work their gardens in March, having everything harvested by mid-June or July at the latest. If they are in the garden, they might be just working on seeding. They would not return to gardening until September to get things going again for the fall garden.
You should not garden in the heat if you don’t have to. However, to build on off the grid survival system you may need to be out trying to grow food for your survival.
What are some of the things that you can do?
The most classic and well-known foods that you can grow and put in your off grid survival list which does well in heat, in drought and in tough humid environmental conditions are black-eyed peas, okra, and sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes do really well in hot conditions. They grow bigger when slightly stressed.
These three foods, the black-eyed peas, okra and the sweet potatoes have a lot of caloric value. The okra, especially, is a nice green vegetable that has a lot more nutritional content for you.
4 Plants To Considered
There are three other plants that does well in hot humid conditions that you may want to consider making part of your off grid survival kit.
Lambs Quarters Bush
The first plant is the Lambs Quarters Bush. It typically grows to about the size of a lamb, hence the name. It is a common weed that can be found throughout the United States. It does seem to like a lot more fertility.
One of the wonderful things about these plants clearly its ability to not being fazed by 100 degrees plus weather.You’ll see it, mainly in areas where chicken manure has been piling up for a while. Chickens love to eat the seeds that this plant produces.
The lambs’ quarters are fresh green plant. It’s very tasty. You can either eat it raw, or you can cook it. Like spinach, it is unbelievably high in calcium and a lot of other nutrients. It is not going to be huge for calories, but it’s a very good vegetable and nutritional plant.
The lambs’ quarters grows super well. You can also collect the seeds from the plants, save the seeds, grind them up and add to breads or soups or stews for more nutritional content. You can also dry the leaves, grind them up and use as a flour, or just to add them to soups or stews for that extra nutritional boost.
The lambs’ quarter is a very, very useful plant that does not require much water and it’s probably already growing as a weed in your garden right now. I highly recommend using this plant in your survival summer garden.
The second plant that you should consider is called the Nutsedge (chufa). This is plant that you probably heard about. I first heard about this when I was at the lawn and garden store. It is sold as a crop to attract wild
The Nutedge plant makes small little nuts on its root nodules about the size of a pea, or about the size of your pinky. They’re actually very delicious little nuts.
It’s a plant that’s generally a weed, and very difficult to get rid of. These are the kinds of plants that you want, because it means that they can tolerate the heat, and whatever climactic changes that are coming.
The Nutsedge takes about three months to mature before you can dig this up, and then dig up all those little nuts. I have eaten the nuts, and they are very sweet and nutty tasting, and actually have a surprising amount of calories.
Can Lily plant
The third plant that you should consider for your survival garden in the hot conditions is the Can Lily plant. It doesn’t really require a much care. It seems to survive anything.
The Can Lily makes beautiful blooms and grow about six or eight feet tall with these magnificent blooms. It also requires minimal care. It does like water if it can get it, but when it doesn’t, it will survives pretty well.
While Can Lily is more focused on developing its beautiful flowers, the roots and rhizomes tubers, which it makes, are edible. It’s a great source of starch. It’s like a cross between a potato and a water chestnut, and pack with starch. It can be added to soups and stews.
This plant does well in crazy hot weather and in the dry periods. But in the wet period, it will just go crazy and explode, and you’ll get a huge amount of food production just from digging up the roots and the tubers.
The Can Lily plant will die in the winter, but grow back to a whole new plant in the hot periods.
The fourth plant that can withstand the very hard, harsh hot extreme weather is the Bamboo plant. It can be used for food and as survival building material for building off grid survival cabins.
As a survivalist, you just want to plant these food in the ground, and leave them there, and then come dig out the tubers as they grow while leaving a core base of tubers to continue to regrow and re-sprout. In extreme years of hot weather conditions, these plants will survive. In years when you get a lot of rain, you’ll going to get a lot of food production.
There are some great tips and suggestions for alternative food sources that you might not have thought about for growing and survival gardening in intense heat..