Gardening is one of my hobbies. For the past 9 years I have continued to garden….learning and making mistakes. I look at gardening as one of those skills and abilities that go right along with preparedness. Supplementing food stored with that coming from gardening…well, just makes sense.
Every year I am always buying more seeds than I need. I also have not stored these extra seeds in any other manner than sticking them on a shelf in my garage. I have used seeds as old as 4 seasons – no problem. Germination rate a little lower – but they worked.
I walked into my local Dollar Tree store and they had a large display of seeds for sale. Packs of vegetable seeds were 4 for $1.00. I grabbed a few. After I got home I figured I would get more to add to my purchase some additional seeds as they show up in stores.
I chose a MTM Survivors Box to throw my seeds in. Pictured above is the start of the seed bank. I am emphasizing the storing of “easy to grow” vegetables such as cucumbers, yellow squash, lettuce, and zuchinni’s.
I would recommend putting together your own seed bank – or purchasing a ready-made one such as those sold by MSO sponsor Directive21.com.
Last thing – I know the whole thing regarding hybrid versus heirloom seeds. If you are looking to store he seeds and expect many seasons of gardening after their use – make sure you are using heirloom.
From the Supply House…..
All New Square Foot Gardening Book – under $12.00
Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre – around $12.00
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