Important Plants for Emergency Gardening

These are just a few to begin with, but they all have tremendous uses during an emergency when resources are scarce.


Medicinal: Plus many of these are great for seasoning food

  • Garlic:   Antibiotic, cold/cough
  • Lady Fern:   Stings, Stingy Nettle
  • Willow:   Pain Relief
  • Mint:   Antiviral
  • Catnip:  Cold Symptoms, Break Fever
  • Sage:  Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Antifungal, And a great Meat Preserver
  • Blackberry:  Anti-Diarrheal, Antioxidants
  • Red Clover:  Detoxifier, Coughs/Colds
  • Feverfew:  Headaches (Similar to Advil)
  • Sweet Marjoram: Antifungal, Antibiotic, Disinfectant
  • Sweet Violet:  Cold/Cough, Sore Throat, Aches
  • Winter Savory:   Bites, Stings
  • Lavender: Rashes, Cough/Cold, Antidepressant, Promotes Healing


Vegetables: These starchy foods provide high calories for a more active lifestyle

  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Beets



  • Garlic:   Flea and Mosquito Repellent, Glue, Fish bait
  • Alder Trees:  These grow fast (are harvest-able within 5 years),  and as Firewood do not require seasoning so you can burn them as soon as you cut them.

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