The Best Fruits and Veggies to Grow for Homesteading Beginners

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Knowing the best fruits and veggies to grow when you’re learning  about emergency preparedness after an SHTF event is critical survival knowledge every beginner prepper should be acquainted with. After SHTF, food resources will become more and more scarce as survivors use up any remaining food they have stored or scavenged.

The Best Fruits and Veggies to Grow for Homesteading Beginners

SHTF Dad’s View on Gardening for Homesteading

As a dad, one of my biggest fears is to not be able to provide for my children when SHTF or when things go wrong. I’m not sure if I have a green thumb, but knowing what I can easily grow and help sustain my family with makes me feel safer. More so, gardening has clear health benefits, not to mention that your knowledge will be very valuable when money ceases to be of value.

SHTF Dad’s Top Veggies for Homesteading Beginners


Perhaps the best no-fail vegetable to grow for homesteading beginners is the zucchini. Known to be very low maintenance as well as very prolific to a fault, the zucchini grows in almost all types of soil and all climates as long as it is not too cold making it a great post SHTF crop and for homesteading too.

Zucchini Tip: Zucchini can be grown in pots and rooftop gardens. Try growing zucchini vertically no matter if you live in the city or the country as an extra prepping training for yourself.  After all, your goal is to get the most production in the smallest plot of land.


If you live in a cooler climate, growing kale is one of the best options for homesteading beginners. Besides being extra nutrient dense, kale is good as a crop plant because it is resistant to cold, heat and bugs, putting it way ahead of spinach and lettuce as a smart choice for homesteading and prepping.

Kale Tip: cut the top leaves off of your kale plants to facilitate growth and keep the leaves tender. This tip also produces more kale in terms of weight from the same amount of space compared to kale which is just allowed to grow as it wants.


Whether you are not into prepping or homesteading, growing artichokes on your own is a great way to save money and have some good eats. Artichokes grow in almost all climates and can survive in areas with really cold weather. They also grow easily and you can reuse the same plot to plant them year after year.

Artichoke Tip: Being one of the most expensive vegetables, you can try out planting artichokes and selling some in a small garden. Use the extra dough to get more homesteading supplies or to plant more artichokes!

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SHTF Dad’s Top Fruit for Homesteading Beginners


Wait, before I get any violent reactions about tomatoes being considered as veggies, I’m talking of the tomato from a technical perspective. Yes, it is a fruit and yes, we use it like a vegetable; however, I bet we can all agree that tomatoes are very versatile and delicious! With so many varieties to choose from, you’ll be amazed at how rewarding planting tomatoes can be. There’s grape tomatoes, which is great for salads; Roma tomatoes, which holds well to cooking and is usually used to make flavorful sauces; and dozens of other varieties with their own flavor profile and soil and climate compatibility.Heirloom Tomato Seeds Assortment - Eight Organic and Non-GMO Varieties: Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Black Krim, Green Zebra, Amish Paste, Moskvich, Yellow Brandywine, Matt's Wild CherryHeirloom Tomato Seeds Assortment – Eight Organic and Non-GMO Varieties: Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Black Krim, Green Zebra, Amish Paste, Moskvich, Yellow Brandywine, Matt’s Wild Cherry

Tomato Tip: Don’t be surprised to get tomatoes even late in the season. In case you have some green tomatoes still on the plant and frost is starting to show up, you can use green tomatoes for pickling as well as salads and making sauces.

These fruits and veggies are not the only ones great for homesteading beginners and preppers. Depending on climate, soil condition and other factors, other fruits and veggies like squash, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes (you can eat the leaves!) and leafy greens would be smart choices too.

Now, since I have talked about the best fruits and veggies for homesteading beginners producing the food crops; the next thing on my agenda would be making sure my kids won’t be picky eaters or else all these preparations would be for naught!

How about you? What fruits and veggies do you find it easy to grow for prepping and homesteading? Don’t be shy to share some gardening tips and tricks as well as some local fruits and veggies which grow best in your area.

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The Best Fruits and Veggies to Grow for Homesteading Beginners