Survivalist, do you have a survival seed stockpile? I do.
In fact, my survival seed stockpile is something that I like to keep an eye on – its on the top shelf of the freezer. I see it every time I open the freezer to look for something to eat.
If your thinking of stockpiling seeds, certain times are more favorable then others for buying seeds.
Spring Garden Seeds
Spring is when the feed and fertilizer stores get their seed shipments in. This is usually the best time to buy fresh seed, and it gives you an idea what might be in short supply.
In the early spring of 2010 I went by 2 different seed stores here in Jasper, Texas and both of them told me the same thing – certain types of cucumbers will be in short supply. Which really did not bother me because I had more then enough of those types of cucumbers stocked up anyway.
Late Spring Early Fall Seeds
Late spring and early fall is when a lot of stores may put their left over seeds on sale. This is a great time to pick up odds and ends types of seeds. Usually, the more favorable seeds were snatched up in early spring. So the left overs might be a mix of “what is that?” type of stuff.
The thing with left over seed, a lot of people think you “have” to buy the seeds during the spring shipments and then put them into storage. This is not true. If the seed has been sitting in a store for a year, its still going to be good. But instead of a 90% germination rate, you might get a 75% – 85% rate. There is nothing wrong with buying older seeds, and a lot of survivalist often look end of year sales as a resource.
Another thing with buying seeds at the end of the year – you might find a lot of seeds that people “think” they have to buy spouts for, like tomato seed, onion seed,,,, stuff like that.
Survival Seeds To Watch For
Radishes – Soak in water for about 24 hours before planting, this will help them germinate. At 15 days after planting the sprouts can be thinned, at 30 days after planting some of them should be ready to harvest. The whole plant is edible, and can be eaten raw or cooked.
Tomatoes – People may think they have to buy tomatoes in sprout sets, so they may pass up the seeds. Tomatoes are good for canning and are full of nutrients.
Peas and Snap Beans – I have probably seen more snap bean seeds on sale then anything else. They produce their own nitrogen, their easy to grow, and deer love them. The peas can be harvested, dried in the sunlight, and stored for the winter months.
Orka – Okra is a great plant for the survivalist to keep seeds stocked up on. One of the problems though, Okra is a hot weather crop. If you live up north, having a few seeds might be ok, but dont invest into a lot of them.
Watermelons and cantaloupe – Even though certain melons take a long time to grow, I think its worth it to have a few seeds around.
Squash and zucchini – Buy that squash and zucchini seed anytime you see them. They are some of the plants you can never have enough of. Both can be eaten raw, and are cram packed full of nutrients.
Onions – Onions are super easy to grow, just make sure they get plenty of slow release nitrogen. Some onions are cold hardy, so they can be grown just about anywhere.
Greens – Turnips, radishes and rutabaga. We have already talked about radishes, but I’am going to list them again in the “greens” section. The seeds for most greens are tiny – this means you can store a massive amount of them and their not going to take up a lot of room. Rutabaga can produce a large root ball, when combined with the large leaves can make a good sized meal.
Corn – Everyone knows about corn. But what you may not know is that corn requires a lot of nitrogen. So if your going to plant corn, you better have a steady source of nitrogen fertilizer.
Peppers – Besides being a good source of vitamin C, they help spice food up and their easy to grow. This list can include bell peppers, banana peppers and jalapeno peppers.
Spinach – Is a nutrient rich crop that is pretty easy to grow. A couple of years ago I grew some spinach in a flower pot. All you need is some good slow release fertilizer that has plenty of nitrogen. Spinach is full of good nutrients, so this is a good seed to stock up on.