When disaster hits, you won’t have the luxury to live the life you’re used to. Part of such catastrophic events is a food shortage, which can lead to starvation in the absence of survival knowledge. That’s why as early as now, we encourage everyone to learn about survival gardening.
Once the grocery is gone and you’ve used up your stockpile, survival crops will feed you and your family. It’s what’s going to keep you alive. However, it’s not just about picking seeds that will produce a pretty harvest. It’s about choosing the best seeds that will grow in the shortest possible time and can be adaptive to limited space and other environmental factors.
Heirloom seeds as survival seeds
Heirloom seeds are particularly selected and handed down from one generation to the next. They are resilient, strong and high in variety. Furthermore, not only are they best for long-term gardening. They also work great in indoor gardening, vertical containers, and hydroponic gardens — all of which eliminate the need for a large space.
Heirloom seeds are arguably the best choice when it comes to planting survival seeds for your garden. They produce a chemical-free, nutritious and tasty harvest that provides you a better shot at surviving through the chaos.
Creating your own survival seed bank
The key to planting survival crops is to create your very own seed bank. This stores the rest of your seeds for future planting. It is absolutely important to know how to properly store your heirloom seeds. Otherwise, they will not pollinate, grow or function the way you want them to.
Are premade seed banks worth it?
There are tons of premade seed banks out there that are sold for cheap. They can be quite enticing, as they’ve been packaged beautifully and priced generously. However, we don’t recommend buying these pre-packed seeds simply because they’re not tailor-fit for you. Some of the seeds inside it may not be the ones you prefer. Moreover, these seeds may not grow well given the climate and temperature in your area.
It’s still best to build your own seed bank at home with seeds that matter to you and your family. These seeds will nourish you through a crisis. So make sure you’re keeping what you want and need.
How do you start a seed bank?
You don’t need a massive space to start your very own seed bank. All you need is the proper storage and a few things to keep in mind.
First, you need to dry your survival seeds completely. Try not to put them under direct sunlight. It’s best to place them in a warm area that’s around 66-70°F. Lay them out on top of paper instead of napkins because this material absorbs moisture better. Also, let these seeds dry for a few days.
Once they’re all dry, store them in Ziplock, Mylar bags or airtight jars. It’s very important to suck out as much air from the bags as possible. Place one variety of seed and label them properly for easy storage. Prolong their life by putting these seeds in a freezer.
How to choose the best seeds for survival crops
The seeds you choose for your survival crops will depend on many factors such as weather, space and personal preference. Below are some of the best survival seeds and what makes them ideal for your garden.
Radish is one of the easiest and fastest-growing root vegetables to plant. It only needs 20-30 days of harvest time. What’s more, you can have continuous harvest as long as you keep sowing the seeds every few days.
It will take about 50 days for lettuce to grow and become ready for harvest. However, if you opt for the loose-leaf variety, you can pick them as soon as they are large enough.
This is the easiest and most popular survival crop to have in your garden. You can stake them vertically if you have limited space. The best part is even if you have excessive tomato crops, you can always sun-dry, puree or process them into a sauce.
Corn is an essential cereal crop that will work great for your survival garden. One plant will give you two ears of corn, at least. It’s also a space-saver, growing tall and lean in your garden.
Onions are another staple in every survival gardener’s book. It’s incredibly versatile and will need about four months of growing time. Be sure to grow the seedlings indoors first if they’re in frost danger.
Peppers are quite magical in adding another layer of flavor to any dish. You can grow them ordinary or hot but give them 2-3 months to be ready for harvest. Plus, they come in endless varieties, which make them all the more fun to cook with.
Be sure to choose only the best seeds for your survival crops. As early as now, start planting your crops so you become more prepared in the event of a disaster.