How Do I Prepare Seeds for a Survival Garden?
On this page, we talk a lot about survival situations. If you feel that you may be stuck where you are for an extended period, then you likely want to consider whether or not you can start a survival garden during that point in time. In this article, we’re going to look at why this is important and how you can prepare seeds in order to keep them for the long term.
Why is a Survival Garden Important?
A survival garden is an excellent thing to think about, especially if you live in a rural area. You may be stranded where you live, and you may be there for a long period of time. By having things prepared for a survival garden, you can make sure that your family is provided for with fresh fruits and vegetables for an extended period of time. This can help boost morale, and it can help you to feel better about everything that is going on. Survival situations are stressful as is, so having something that can contribute to sustain you and distract you can end up being a huge help to you and your family through the time.
So How Do I Save my Seeds?
Conditions fundamental for appropriately putting away survival garden seeds are actually the opposite of what they usually need in order to grow. In order to grow, seeds need sunlight, moisture, and warmth. In order to save your seeds, you want to keep them as dry as possible, out of the sun, and at low temperatures (below 40 degrees is best). If you store your seeds well, your seeds will last an extraordinarily long time and help provide food for your family when it is needed.
Some seeds can last for as long as ten years if you take the time to dry the seed to around 8 percent moisture. You can do this by drying the seeds out in a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 6 hours. There are a few ways that you can accomplish this – you can spread the seeds out in the sun for about 6 hours, you can use a food dehydrator to get the moisture out, or you can use an oven. You just have to be certain that the temperature does not go above 100 degrees or that they don’t go for longer than 6 hours – if they do, then they’re going to die.
The next thing you want to do is to make sure that the seeds are ready to be stored (as we mentioned above, it needs to be 8 percent moisture or less). There are two ways that you can test this. First off, you can snap longer seeds – if they break easily and into equal parts when you bend them, they’re ready to go. Smaller seeds can be tested by hitting them with a hammer – if they turn into a powder, then they are ready to be stored.
After the drying process has been completed, you want to store them in hermetically sealed moisture free containers. You want to use jars or other containers instead of plastic bags because they will keep moisture out more easily. You can find some containers that have what is called a moisture verification compartment. A moisture verification compartment is one that stores seeds securely while submerged in water. Mark the compartments with the seed names and date, and then store them in a cool, dark spot. If you can, put the seeds away in a refrigerator or another cool area so that they will stay longer.
It takes a bit of time, but it’s well worth the effort to store your seeds for your survival garden. By having these seeds on hand, you can be sure that you are going to be able to get fresh foods for your family, even if an emergency situation is going on. It can also help your family to hang in there if the period that you are stranded at home is longer than you may have been expecting. It helps to relieve stress, and it will give you some variety in what you’re eating.