What's in your backyard?
I've always figured that if TSHTF, I'd like to use my preps as slowly as possible, since there's no way of knowing what will happen after the initial event. I hope to bug-out to a rural location, but if I can't, I decided to inventory what there is to eat in my immediate neighborhood. I'm not talking about a veggie garden- I mean stuff that grows naturally, or isn't normally considered to be food. A quick list-
Cattails (I'm on a pond)
It's interesting to note that other than my garden, there isn't much plant matter to eat!
Being Florida, I'd have to do some in-depth study to find out if any of my other plants are edible. Many tropicals are quite poisonous! Living on a pond is a big plus, and by the time un-prepared people turn to pond critters, I'll have fished out most of it anyhow. It's an interesting exercise to look around your immediate location to see what opportunities (and weaknesses) there are. I'm on only 1/6 of an acre, but there's a pretty good variety if you're not picky. With our population density, though, it'll get picked clean pretty quick. We can garden year-round here, and much of the year there is more citrus than anyone wants. So- what's in your back yard?
I am currently working on turning all my landscaping into something edible and figuring out and edible parts to what is currently here. We have plenty of wild animals around here though.
Tiny Little Dogs
I am sure that theres more but I went blank.
Down here in SW Florida there is always
The heart (or bud) of the cabbage palm. This is known as swamp cabbage.
Frogs and gators of all sizes, but don't kill a gator as it is against the law.
Rattlesnake.... very tasty when breaded and pan fried
It kept the pioneers alive.
If I have to forage in my back yard, I'm not really worried about laws about wildlife- we'll be beyond that point. Good call on the cabbage palm- I don't have one in my yard, but they are in the neighborhood.
I don't have a back yard
I have a 10 acre lake full of bass, catfish, crayfish, and the occasional herd of ducks. Oh, wait, that's my front yard. My back yard is Forrest, full of critters. No, That would be a side yard. Hold on, no the side yard is a forested swamp. OK, now I am confused...See what living in the middle of the woods will do to you!
64 Acres with woods, two creeks and a pond.
Plants and Trees:
Northern Red Oak
May apple (see poisonous section also)
I have other plants I'm sure but these are the ones I have identified
As with all edible plants some may cause an allergic reaction.
Star of Bethlehem
May Apple (fruits are edible)
Pokeweed (young shoots are edible) I don't touch them
Poison Ivy (don't burn it)
Animals and Insects
Coyotes no Stray dogs
Turtles painted,box and snapping
Behind my backyard (which DOES have a veggie garden) is a hill with 200 acres of woods with natural springs and streams. Edible plants/animals that these woods contain:
maple trees (for maple syrup)
wild grape vines
wild cherry trees
there are also breeding pobulations of feral hogs, but I haven't found them yet. I HAVE seen all of the others at one time or another IN my yard, as well as in the woods right behind me.
That's all that I can think of offhand. There are other animals, that I'm not sure whether or not I'd want to eat:
i have a parking lot where homeless people like to congregate and cause trouble.
you wouldnt believe half of the stuff ive seen. i live beside a strip mall that has the closest liquor store to the main homeless shelter in the city.
needless to say, when SHTF, in bugging out.
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