Stockpiling seeds for SHTF
Lets say that the world goes to crap tomorrow. Some kind of long term SHTF situation has happened – plague, meteor, massive climate change,,,,, what does your SHTF seed stockpile look like this very second? If you walked to where your seeds are stored, pulled out the container, would you be happy, or disappointed?
I have decided to divide my SHTF seed stockpile between my home and my bug out location. the mindset being, lets say that my family and I have to Bug Out and we do not have time to grab the primary seed stockpile, we have a backup. With a variety of seeds stored in each location, if we forget the main seeds, we have the backups.
Some considerations – seeds that grow quick like Radishes, plants that have protein like pinto beans, plants that do not need to be cooked like Squash and Zucchini, cold weather crops like turnip greens, plants that can be dried and stored easily like peas, beans and corn.
Examples of my SHTF survival seed stocks:
G-90 – Hybrid sweet corn
Truckers Favorite – Open pollinated field corn
Yellow Dent – Open pollinated field corn
Peas and Beans:
Roma II – snap bean
Texas purple hull pink eye
Mississippi purple hull pink eye
Purple hull pink eye BVR – the BVR stands for virus resistant. If you see some BVR peas, pick them up.
Contender bush bean
Blue lake bush bean
Pinto beans – One thing to take into consideration is pinto beans, which are high in protein. So if there is no meat, pinto beans can be eaten.
I prefer bush beans over climbing beans – its just personal preference.
One of the things about stockpiling more then 1 or 2 types of peas and beans – if their planted too close together they will cross pollinate.
Then, if you harvest the seeds from the plants that have cross pollinated, you will have a hybrid seed, which may or may not be viable next year.
Even if the hybrid seed is viable the second year, the saved seeds from the hybrid will probably not be viable.
Lets say that someone plants purple hull pink eye and Roma II next to each other and they cross pollinate.
Year 1 – same as parent.
Year 2 – hybrid plant, who knows what your going to get. May revert back to one of the parent plants.
Year 3 – seeds not viable, nothing grows. Or, the plant reverts back to one of the parents.
Straight neck Squash
Crook neck Squash
Couple of hybrids
Various types of winter Squash
One thing to keep in mind with Squash and Zucchini – they can cross pollinate. The harvested seeds will be a hybrid, and may or may not not be viable. Even if the harvested seeds are viable, the harvested seeds of the second generation may or may not be viable.
Giant noble spinach
7 top turnips
Be careful with radishes, there are several types out there that are hot, and some that are not hot. Radishes are an excellent seed to stockpile, as you can eat the whole plant, and it grows fast. At 15 days after planting, you should be able to pull up the sprouts and add them to a salad. Under ideal conditions, the plant should take 30 days to mature.
The two types of cucumbers that I stockpile are pickling and straight 8.
Pickling cucumbers grow to about 4 inches long when they are ready to pick, and are an open pollinated / heirloom cucumber.
Straight 8 grow to about 8 inches long when they are ready to be harvest. Straight 8s are also an open pollinated / heirloom cucumber.
Some of the problems with cucumbers – their roots are close to the surface so they require a lot of water, and the plants require a lot of nitrogen for the cucumber to form right. If the plants do not get enough water, their growth will be stunted. Since the roots are close to the surface of the soil cucumbers are not very drought tolerant.
Various other seeds:
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