Growing Doomsday
Broccoli Seeds

Growing doomsday broccoli seeds in a survival situation can be challenging but not impossible. Broccoli is a cool and warm weather crop. Some can even be grown in the heat of summer.  I have grown broccoli down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Broccoli can be enjoyed raw or cooked, roasted or steamed.Broccoli can be enjoyed raw or cooked, roasted or steamed.

Broccoli can be eaten raw or cooked. It is good either way. Broccoli can help to lower your cholesterol. It supports cardiovascular health. Broccoli has a high amount of Vitamin A and it is loaded with antioxidants. This means it provides good support for your eyes, helping to prevent cataracts and macular degeneration as you age. Eating broccoli is a very good habit to have. Broccoli provides fiber and can prevent cancer and reduce inflammation.

Broccoli is an edible green plant in the cabbage family whose large flowering head, stalk and small associated leaves are eaten as a vegetable. Broccoli is classified in the Italica cultivar group of the species Brassica oleracea. In a survival situation we could really care less where it comes from.

One cup of broccoli has about 25 calories. This is not a good vegetable to live on but it has other good stuff in it. It is rich in fiber. Perhaps there will be others you can trade with who are growing something else.

One head produces about 75 calories. You would have to eat 16 heads or 48 cups of broccoli a day to survive. Sixteen heads per day is about 5900 plants per year. 

One plant can produce thousands of seeds. Let's say 10 plants for next year's crop, 10 for emergencies and 10 for trading. Let's say if broccoli is all you have to eat, you would need six thousand plants give or take a few. This is not an exact science.

It would be impossible for one person to grow this much in one year. But unless you have a freezer or will be pickling your broccoli, you will not need much since broccoli cannot be canned, because of its low acid content, so it must be eaten fresh. It will only last 24 to 48 hours unless you have a way to keep it cool. Then it will last 4 to 7 days. A freeze dryer will allow you to keep it for up to 25 years.

There are other ways to dry broccoli which you will need to discover before doomsday hits. Get out and grow some plants today. Experiment and learn what works best for you, Let plants go to seed so you can see what it looks like and learn how to harvest them. Waiting until doomsday may be too late unless you have a two to three years stock of food.

By the way, if you do have a stock of food, use the 1/3 rule -- keep 1/3 at the house to eat and give to scavengers. Hide 1/3 in an easy to find place and 1/3 in a hard place. You could even dig down deeper and make your hard to find place under your easy to find place.

Pickling it using a canner will allow you to keep it for up to one year. I have not tried pickled broccoli myself so not sure how it tastes. (Just ordered some from Amazon. I guess I will find out.) (10-20-2018--I received the broccoli. It is a bit hard but tastes okay. I guess it could be cooked longer for a softer bite.) With a freeze dryer, you could preserve broccoli for up to 25 years.

You will have to learn how to make vinegar.

Let's say you would need 6,000 seeds a year.

Seeds from the broccoli will last two to three years when stored dry and properly.

You can start seeds for transplants or direct sown. Direct sown is the easier way to start seeds but there may not be enough time to harvest. This is information you will need to have figured out before hand.

When growing doomsday broccoli seeds keep in mind that broccoli is a cool weather full-sun crop able to be sown directly but, for earliest starts, begin indoors 6-8 weeks prior to final spring frost or in mid-summer about 3 months from autumn frost. Plant one seed in a 4 x 4 pot or a 3 inch CowPot. If direct sowing plant one seed every 4 inches, thinning to the strongest seedling, one every 12 inches.

Seeds germinate in 3-14 days, under idea conditions. Broccoli heads grow fullest with full sun but, for warmer regions, plants will benefit from midsummer shade. Seedlings will need to be protect from insects. They love the young tender leaves. Spray them will your own pepper spray. You will have to experiment with this prior to doomsday hitting.

Keep soil moist. In Texas this will be a challenge unless you have a well with a windmill. In a doomsday situation, water will always be an issue.

There are two colors for broccoli: green and purple. Most people expect broccoli to be green but not purple. Growing some purple broccoli may ward off scavengers. Plant both colors close together and tell scavengers the green is good but you are not sure what is happening with the purple. You will want to practice saying this so that they believe you.

You will want to practice growing and preserving your harvest. You will want to practice growing and harvesting seeds. You need to practice and have a plan in place before doomsday hits.

On your hidden caches, make sure there is not a worn path to them otherwise the scavengers will be able to find them. Be aware that they may be watching you so try to go to them at night, without a light. You can do it. But it will take practice.

You can survive. But you have to prepare.

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