You’ve stored food as part of your preparedness plan. This probably includes canned goods, foods you’ve canned or dehydrated yourself as well as an ample store of beans and rice. But even the best long-term food storage plan can run short. In which case you’ll want to grow your own.
Growing your own food isn’t necessarily easy. Different climates and conditions may apply. You can plant beans from your food storage but what about everything else? Your own personal seed bank can be a lifesaver in the event of a longer term problem.
You should have experimented at some point in the past, in your own location, and with foodstuffs that you know your family will eat. The next step is acquiring seeds for future growth.
Just this past week, I’ve gotten emailed newsletters from several seed companies. Late summer is the time when all of this years seeds go on sale. Now is a good time to stock up on long-term seeds.
Get some basics. Get different kinds of beans, some squashes, some greens. Load up. You can’t have too many seeds on hand.
Your seeds should be kept in a cool dry environment. Paper seed packets will need to be put into a different container, such as a mason jar with some silica packets to retard moisture. Most seeds can then be kept in a freezer. No freezer? Or concerned about having no power? Keep them in a cool spot away from sunlight. This might be a closet, a dry basement, or a cellar, or even a room on the north side of the house. Seeds should be DRY before storage.
Anything you can do to achieve good seed storage will help insure that your family has good food to keep them nourished.