Buying Seeds for a Survival Garden

When its time to stockpile seeds for my survivalist garden, I usually get my heirloom seeds locally. There are 2 feed and fertilizer stores here in town that sell seeds – all kinds of seeds.  Instead of getting seeds in packets, the stores get their seeds in burlap bags, and then sell the seed by the ounce.  I like to go to the stores, talk to the people there, see find out what are the best types of plants to grow in my area, and go from there.

The local stores usually know what will be in short supply before spring gets here.  They will put their orders in several months ahead of time, and the distributor will tell them what may not be in stock.  This information is then distributed to the local gardener faster then you can get it through the nation news.

Most of the time, the people working in the feed store are pretty knowledgeable about the different types of seeds they have in stock, whats heirloom / open pollinated and whats hybrid. All you have to do is ask.  One of the local stores usually has 5 or 6 types of corn in stock – field corn, sweet corn, G90,,,,,.  So might pick up 1/4 – 1/2 pound of corn one year, then the next year pick up a different type of corn.

Also, while your at the store, be sure to ask about the local pest, and what people do about them.

In spring of 2010 the people at the feed stores told me pickling cucumbers might be in short supply.  Pickling cucumbers are a shorter, smaller cucumber good for pickling.  Their also high production plants that are open pollinated.  I have lots of pickling cucumbers seed, so I was not worried.  But when the spring of 2011 rolls around, I will probably stock up on pickling cucumber seeds because I could not get any in 2010.

Buying Seeds Local VS Buying Online

Keep your money local – when you buy from a local small business, your helping to ensure the local economy.

Related Article – How Many Seeds Should Someone Stockpile.

Your more likely to get seeds for your area – When you walk into a local feed and fertilizer store and tell them, “I want to grow some “whatever you want”” – your more likely to get seeds suited for your area.  There are a lot of factors that go into growing something – local rain fall, length of growing season, amount of local rain fall.  The people at the local feed store can help you with all of that.

Cucumber as part of a survivalist garden

First hand experience – the people that visit the local feed stores, and the people that work there can provide a wealth of knowledge and experience.  Go in there and just talk to them.  If you have a question about okra, go ask.

Some Of My Seed Stockpile

  • Radishes
  • Peas
  • Snap Beans
  • Turnips
  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Spinach
  • Onions
  • Corn
  • Okra
  • Watermelons
  • Cantaloupes

There is just something about walking into the feed store, going to the pea or corn bin, and telling the lady you want 1 pound of field corn seed.  Or telling the lady you want2 or 3 ounces of okra seed, turnip seed, and you can see how much that amount of seed is as its being measured.

If you don’t think that is enough okra seed, tell the person to give you some more.  There have been times when the lady measured out 50 cents on cucumber seed, and there was only a little bit left in the jar.  I just went ahead and took the rest of the cucumber seeds.

Something else I like to do is to take inventory of what I have towards the end of the winter or early spring.  Knowing what I have in stock also lets me know what I need to buy.  There is no use in buying your garden supplies blindly.  Do you plan on growing more squash then turnips?  If so, buy more squash seed then turnip seed.