Spring is just a couple of months away. As the warm weather gets closer, some of us are going to be putting seeds in the ground in 6 – 7 weeks.
Over the next few weeks the local feed and fertilizer stores will start getting their shipments in. As the stores start to get their seeds in, now is a good time to review your seed stockpile.
Last year my wife and I planted 1/4 acre of corn and peas. But due to the drought, nothing came up. This year I plan on planting a garden a little smaller and a little closer to home so I can get a water hose to the plants. This year I need to replace the seeds that we pout out last year.
When stockpiling seeds for a home garden, and especially for a long term SHTF survival situation, its important to have seeds that will provide a balanced diet.
Unless you have access to livestock or land to go hunting on, one of the most important types of seeds that you can stockpile is pinto beans. Pinto beans are a good source of protein. Its such a good source of protein, vegans use pinto beans as a replacement for meat.
SHTF Seed Stockpile Examples
- Beans – snap beans and pinto beans
- Bell pepper
- Chili peppers
- Greens – Radishes, Turnips, Mustard greens, 7 top turnips and Rutabagas
- Jalapeno peppers
- Peas – Mississippi purple hull pink eye and BVR. BVR seeds are resistant to a certain virus that can stunt the growth of the plant.
- Snap beans – Contender bush bean, Roma II and pinto beans
- Squash and Zucchini
Cucumbers are not a good source of nutrients, its more of a filler food then anything else. Plus, cucumbers have a high nitrogen requirement. If you have nitrogen fertilizer on hand, why not use it for something like spinach, instead of cucumbers.
As spring gets closer I hope to post more on stockpiling seeds.
Now for a video about seeds
For anyone interested in starting a seed stockpile, at the end of summer a lot of big box outlet stores will mark their seeds down. However, some stores do not mark their seeds down and the seeds will be thrown away. After purchasing seed packs, organize them into spring, fall, or by type. For example, put pepper seeds in one bag, and squash in another bag.
If buying in bulk is more your style, then visit the local farm supply store. Typically, the farm supply stores will sell seed by weight, such as by the pound.
My personal seed stockpile is a combination of seed packets and seeds bought in bulk. Pea, bean and corn seeds are bought by the pound, while okra, radishes, cucumbers and turnip greens are bought by the ounce.