Friday, October 08, 2021 by Zoey Sky
Wheat is a staple in any prepper’s food security plan. But while it’s good to stock up on food items such as wheat, it’s better to learn how to grow your own so you have food supplies even after SHTF.
If you’re planning on starting a home garden, learn how to grow red winter wheat that you can use for baking or even as animal feed for livestock. (h/t to SurvivalSullivan.com)
Here are ten reasons to grow and stockpile red winter wheat on your homestead:
Plant red winter wheat in moist soil.
Note that the growing conditions specific to your soil type and current weather patterns will affect how heavily you plant the red winter wheat seeds. If you’re experiencing dry conditions or drought near the end of the recommended planting date, don’t wait for rain. Plant the seeds in the ground and water them.
When planting winter wheat seeds, have about 30 to 35 plants per square foot. With proper planting techniques, the typical red winter wheat survival rate is 70 percent.
Red winter wheat can be sown directly into the ground from late September through the middle of October. Depending on the agriculture growing zone you live in, you may need to plant slightly earlier or a little later. If you live in growing zone 6, plant the middle to the end of October. (Related: Food supply 101: Unusual sources of food when SHTF.)
Planting seeds later than the middle of October may produce a robust yield, but only if the seeds are in the ground before the first hard frost. Seed red winter wheat closer to the recommended start day to improve its chances of being winter hardy. If the plants that develop from the seed have at least three visible leaves and a crown that has developed, they could be strong enough to survive during winter.
Don’t plant wheat seeds too early and cultivate them before the recommended time in the fall for your growing zone because they might mature too much. If the seeds undergo excessive growth, the plant might develop mold during a chilly rain or snow increase.
You can harvest the berries when red winter wheat has matured and the tops are starting to turn yellow. Run the tops of the wheat stalks through your hands to shake the berries loose into a bucket.
If you miss any berries, thresh or smack the stalks against your bucket to release them.
Pour out the wheat berries onto plastic sheeting or a tarp to dry. To speed up the drying process, winnow or gently toss the wheat berries up into the air a few times by holding onto all four edges of the tarp. Once the red wheat berries are dried, store the berries in an airtight container to increase their shelf life.
Grow red winter wheat in your home garden so you have access to a nutritious and shelf-stable ingredient when SHTF.
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