Survival Seed Definition and Storage
In troubled economic times, periods of world chaos, and when facing an uncertain
future, people often look to stow away essential items, just in case the
worst scenario should come to pass.
One of those essential items are garden seeds, referred to as "survival seed"
in this context. Survival garden seeds include a wide range of vegetables
and herbs that you can grow to feed yourself and your family, if the unimaginable
The topic of Survival Seeds covers three important issues: Definition, Sources,
1. Survival Seed Definition:
Survival seeds are garden vegetable and herb seed that can be stored away
for later use, when a world famine or other calamity hits the country or
the world. They must be non-GMO and non-hybrid. Heirlooms are great
candidates for Survival Seeds. It is also desirable, that they are organic.
But, a survival seed does not have to be an heirloom or organic.
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Some people state that they must be seeds from open-pollinated plants. This
eliminates GMO and Hybrids. Theoretically, it would also exclude hand-pollinated
seeds. Hand pollination is not practiced by companies, as it would be
impractical. But, a homeowner could and does hand pollinate plants. So, a
homeowner hand pollinating an heirloom plant would ultimately harvest vegetable
seeds that qualify in every way as a Survival Seeds.
Organic Seeds, by their definition, qualify as "Survival Seed". They are
closely monitored by the USDA. However, be cautious and check out what you
are about to buy. Some smaller seed companies claim to sell organic seeds,
but are not certified. When buying Organic stock, look for the statement
"USDA Certified" and the USDA label on the packet.
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2. Sources of Survival Seed
Armed with the definition of survival seeds (above), you can begin your seed
search. Use a little caution. There are plenty of companies and websites
claiming to be marketing "survival seeds". However, there are no controls
or monitoring. And, you are paying a premium price for seeds that just might
not be what they are claimed to be.
You will be better off to surf through the offerings of reputable seed
manufacturers, who do not sell GMO products. Start with the "organic seed"
categories. Then, browse their other offerings. If the title or description
says "Hybrid", then exclude this item from your survival seed search.
3. Survival Seed Storage
Now that you have acquired your survival seed, you need to properly store
them, so they will be viable, if you ever need them. Properly stored,
seeds can usually last a long time. Archaeologists have opened ancient Egyptian
tombs, and found baskets filled with wheat seeds. When tested, some of them
sprouted...... perhaps the ultimate survival seeds!
For long term storage, use a sealable plastic bag, or a metal, can that tightly
closes. Then, put them in a cool, dry (low humidity), and dark place.
Important Note: If you are harvesting your own seed stock for storage,
it is absolutely essential that they are properly dried, prior to long term
storage in a sealed container.
Some survivalists put their seed in the freezer for long term storage. Usually,
that's fine. However, the concept of relying on, and using, the freezer in
anticipation of an apocalyptic event, seems a bit odd........ there would
be no electricity!
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