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9:00-10:30PM CT: Self-Reliant Living bySafe Harbor Alliance, hosted by Jim Phillips.

Guest:  Carol Deppe, author of The Resilient Gardener
Potatoes:  A Vital Survival Staple

This underground tuber gets little respect—after all it’s just a potato.  However, when it comes to survival gardening, the potato is powerhouse.  Increase your respect for this oft overlooked underground wonder.  A survival garden needs to produce lots of calories.  In temperate regions, potatoes yield more calories per square foot than any other crop.  Only legumes yield more protein per unit of land than potatoes.  Potatoes also yield more calories and protein per hour of work than other crops.

Potatoes also have other important survival advantages.  They are drought-resistant and thrive and produce a crop even if there are unseasonable early or late freezes.  They pull through storms and other kinds of unplanned bad weather that would destroy many other crops.  It’s also easy to grow a large crop with only basic hand tools.  For your personal survivability, remember to grow the potatoes.  “The Resilient Gardener,” Carol Deppe, will teach you how.

Carol Deppe is the embodiment of her book, The Resilient Gardener.  She has a PhD in biology from Harvard University and has been experimenting with crops and gardening in Corvallis, Oregon since 1979. 
She is the author of three books:  The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times, Breed Your Own Vegetable Varieties: The Gardener’s and Farmer’s Guide to Plant Breeding and Seed Saving, and Tao Te Ching: A Window to the Tao through the Words of Lao Tzu.