Hello Fellow Survivors,
Yesterday I looked at the calorific intake a survivor needs. Using the latest formula, I calculated a personal need of 1600+ calories per day. I then looked at which vegetables I would be better off eating to match this. What I learned was that I would need a lot of the type of vegetables I, as an inexperienced gardener, could grow. I was surprised, and a little bit disheartened. but all was not lost.
We could eat meat...
Yes, we could eat meat, but I'm trying to focus on vegetables here. I've nothing against eating meat; I eat it myself and would be happy to consider keeping a few bits in my apocalypse age stronghold. The reason I'm focussing on vegetable crops is that they tend not to attract foxes. Rabbits, sure, but I live on the edge of a city and (strangely, now I think about it) I've seen foxes in the area, but not rabbits.
We could eat Soya...
Yes we could. What a great idea. A hundred grams (100g) of Soya beans, also known as Soy beans, will give you over 400 of your calories and plenty of fibre. I'd been looking at numbers between 30 and 40 per 100g for things like carrots and turnips. I'd have to eat over two pounds of carrots to reach the same calorie value as Soya, and while salad leaves are easy to grow and can be good for iron and minerals, they won't give you much survival power.
Go on then, how do we grow Soya?
I'm glad you asked. I don't know, or I didn't know until I started looking into it and found that it can be quite complicated and that yields might be small. THEN I found that the wizards at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) are on our side and have advice about a Soya type bread specifically for British weather, and a second which doesn't really mind.
I advise you to take a look at these two links
Growing Soy beans in the UK from The sustainable Smallholding catalogues one guys experiments with growing Soy back in 2012/13. I found it interesting to read about his discoveries.
How to grow Soya beans from RHS Gardening tells you all about planting, growing and cooking the Ustie breed of bean. It has a growers calendar, and may be worth bookmarking for other growing tips.
I plan to grow Soya beans in April, some of them I'll try to incorporate into the grow tower system. I'll keep you updated.
Thank you for reading and keep surviving.