The Crops List

So what will I be growing on our eventual homestead?

(“Food.” “Very helpful, dear.”)

Seriously, though, here’s a list of the crops I plan on putting in our fields, garden, orchard, and greenhouse.

Fields

  • Wheat
  • Corn (feed)
  • Oats
  • Upland Rice (dry land)
  • Sorghum
  • Sweet Corn
  • Tobacco
  • Mint
  • Sunflowers
  • Pinto Beans
  • Purple Pod Beans
  • Peanuts
  • Alfalfa
  • More Alfalfa
  • Sweet Peas

Garden

  • Nightshades (tomato, potato, eggplant, pepper)
  • Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage
  • Root Crops (turnips, carrots, beets, radishes)
  • Greens (collards, lettuces, turnips, spinach)
  • Legumes (lentils, black-eyed peas, chickpeas)
  • Celery
  • Onions (onion, leek, shallot, garlic)
  • Squash (pumpkins, winter, summer)
  • Craft Gourds
  • Melons (watermelon, cantaloupe)
  • Cucumbers
  • Luffa
  • Cotton, Flax

Orchard

  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Peach
  • Cherry (hedge cherries surround orchard)
  • Plum
  • Almond
  • Pecan (cash)
  • Walnut (cash)
  • Fig
  • Olive
  • Grapes
  • Berries (blueberry, cranberry, raspberry, blackberry)

Greenhouse

  • Aquaponics (fish, herbs)
  • Coffee, tea
  • Oranges, lemons, limes
  • Bananas
  • Vanilla
  • Pineapple

Other Plantings

  • Flowers (ornamentals, some herbs, Saffron)
  • Bushes
  • Roses
  • Willow Trees
  • Oak Trees

So that’s the plants and the fish. I’ll write other pages about aquaponics and about the animals I’ll be keeping, and the spices. I know it’s a little extensive, but my hope is to be as self-sufficient as possible. I’ll make my own coffee, tea and vanilla, and grow all my own spices, if I can. And this list isn’t as exhaustive as it could be, either. I still have some research to do, and plenty of experience to gain. But the biggest thing to remember is that I have no intention of being dependent on big business or big government for any of my needs. I’m not against big business, understand, but I still think it’s both better and cheaper to do things for yourself. Big government? Well that’s a different conversation, but suffice to say I won’t be taking out any government grants or loans for this little farm.

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