We all know the importance of seeds as part of your food preps. I like to look at seeds as a “deep pantry”. A deep pantry is a pantry that lasts well beyond the basic pantry of canned, dried, or bulk food items. This addition to your food pantry has a few tricks of it’s own.
One trick you want to consider, even if you are a regular gardener, is having multiple seed kinds in your arsenal. What do I mean? Well, it is rather simple: keep a combination of hybrid and heirloom (or open pollinated variety) seeds. What quantities and why may surprise you.
I would recommend that you fist understand you will need to grow and harvest year round. I hear you people in the more northern climes “but it’s coooold in the winter, nothing grows”.
You are a prepper right? Build a greenhouse or have some serious acreage to grow enough in the one season to feed you from harvest to harvest – 1 full year.
People in the warmer climes can grow several different varieties of vegetables during the two growing seasons – the boiling hot summer and the merely hot winter. I myself, in the region of Texas I live in, have two growing seasons so I will have harvests in fall and spring.
These things being said, the question remains: why two kinds of seeds? The answer for this is also rather simple: open pollinated (and heirloom seeds) are very difficult to get to produce, let alone produce in quantity. They lack hybrid vigor. On the other hand, hybrids do not produce stable seeds, unless you are willing to work years at stabalizing the line, and then you are left with an open pollinated seed. You lose hybrid vigor and have iffy harvests as you are working to stabilize the line.
So, there is a trade-off. You can keep the two types of seeds in your deep panty, and plant hybrids for the first year (or more) after a SHTF scenario. This will basically ensure you are getting solid, predictable harvests of food, highly essential in a long term scenario. After the first year (or so) you start planting small quantities of the open pollinated (or heirloom) seeds. This way if you encounter problems, you still have the hybrids producing solid harvests.
Besides the unpredictable nature of, well, nature comes into consideration also. One good hail storm, one flooding rain, one plague of locusts, and you are without a harvest. If your factory made or home preserved food stocks are low, this could be potentially deadly.
As with any SHTF scenario, you want to look at every angle, plan for as many contingencies as possible.
I would also recommend a seed chart. Use any spreadsheet program to record the seed type/variety in one column, your quantity of each seed in the next, days to harvest (each variety/type is different) in the next, and the planting date for your growing region. You can also organize the chart by season. Spring at the top, fall at the bottom, or however you like.
Small things can help you plan, organize, and effectively use your seeds to your maximum advantage.
Something extra to think about: research what kind of tobacco plants grow well in your region, and get the seeds. You do the math.
Got preps? Pray for the best, prepare for the worst.