Welcome to the GSM Prepper seed Blog. If you are thinking about growing your own food, then I would suggest that you read what I am doing. Yep, it about what I am doing as I have no idea what you are doing, so everything I am writing is all about me. You are welcome to follow what I do or develop your own plan. Just be sure that you understand that in the future seeds will become much harder to get or even available as the Global Reset takes place. I personally want at a minimum of 7 years ( that’s Biblical) of seeds available for my garden as I will probably be feeding a bunch of people. I had one person say that she thought 7 years was a bit excessive, My way of thinking is that if you are prepping during and for the GSM then almost nothing is excessive IMHO. But you do what you want.
What types of seeds NOT TO PURCHASE
Here are a few things you might stay away from:
GMO seeds – No explanation is needed – Right?
Hybrid F1 types – Saving your seed from a hybrid is not advisable
Pelleted Seeds – Pelleting seed reduces the life of a seed (hugely)
Treated Seed – While this may necessary with some seeds, I try to keep away from treated seeds as they contain poison. Never eat one!!
Some Dealers – Be careful and only use trusted seed dealers. Try to use dealers that have been around for years. If you want, use the two dealers I suggest. Seed freshness is important when purchasing seeds.
What types of seeds TO PURCHASE
There are only two types as you can see from below that I would consider as a prepper.
Open Pollinated – Open-pollinated seeds are seeds produced from crops that are allowed to pollinate naturally by means of insects, birds, wind, and other natural mechanisms.
Heirloom Seeds – these are Open Pollinated seeds but have been around and used for many years by seasoned home gardeners. These are the best of the best!
Seeds for your Area – While most vegetable plants will grow OK if there is good soil, enough heat, and water, some grow better in hot, medium heat, and cooler environments. Most good seed companies discuss this.
Child and adult seed safety
Keep all seeds away from small children as they may choke on them and of course, the treated ones are poisonous.
So how long will your seeds be viable?
So how long will your seeds be viable if you just keep them in a cool place with low humidity and away from the sun? Most vegetable seeds remain good for about two to three years except for seeds like onions which are good for about a year. Seeds like lettuce can successfully germinate even after five years. The table below lists the average years that you might get good germination. Just remember that where and how you store seeds has implications.
My plans for storing seed
This is my plan and yours may be different. As I stated above, I am planning (At this very moment) my seven years of seeds. From my experience, I know what grows well here in Central Texas and that is what I plan to store. This would be Tomatoes, beans, squash (summer and winter types), pumpkins, peppers, Okra, cabbage, eggplant, beets, and kale. My root plants will be carrots and potatoes (Regular and Sweet). I will try to grow some lettuce but bugs here love lettuce. Of course here in the Mexican food state of Texas, I will certainly grow Cilantro. The best part of living here in Texas is the Mexican influence on Tex / Mex food.
One side note, Nothing would get built here in Texas if it was not for all the skilled labor of our Latino population.
I will perhaps grow herbs, but I plan to store herb seasonings in bulk.
Storing my seeds
I plan to store my seeds in a freezer for Long-term Storage
Perhaps you live in a place where you may have a cool basement then that would be a good place as long as you keep everything dry, but for the really long term, freezing is the way to go. I plan to put a year’s worth of seed in two jars. One is for spring planting and the other for fall planting. That will be 14 jars and I will label them Year 1 – Spring – Year 1 – Fall etc.
Note if you do not have a freezer, then using a refrigerator is second-best, but remember that temperatures aren’t as consistent there and seed life will be shorter.
Recovering Seeds from the Freezer or Refrigerator
This part is so important for keeping the quality of seeds so read carefully or perhaps two times.
Remove the jar from the freezer (do not open) out onto a kitchen table or shelf for 12 hours or more (a day or two would be OK as well so it can reach room temperature. Doing this and NOT OPENING will prevent moisture from condensing on the seeds. Moisture may and probably will damage all your priceless seeds.
After the seeds have OBSOULUTELY made it to room temperature, remove the lid for a few days before planting.
Do not move seeds from the freezer to room temperature more than once. Each transfer will reduce the viability of your seeds.
I store each individual seed type in a small zip-lock plastic envelope. Probably paper envelopes would be OK but I like the zip lock feature. You can get some of these small zip lock envelopes on eBay if you wish. I put enough seeds in each plastic envelope to make it through the spring or fall planting. Then I place the seeds in a Ball glass Jar. I own a jar vacuum sealer attachment which I use on each jar. This is not necessary, just be sure to close up the jar in a low humidity environment as possible. I then label each jar with a paper label. I like the Wide-Mouth Glass Jars as they are easy to get the seed envelops or packets in and out of.
I will then place my jars (all 14 of them) into my freezer. Mine is a stand-up type so Year 7 will go in the back. One other thing is because of what may happen to the power grid, I have a small gas generator and I am building a small solar backup system. Both of these could keep everything frozen if the grid goes up and down.
I think Harbor Freight makes a small two-cycle generator that is very cheap ($119.00?) but could keep things (not just your seeds) frozen. Click HERE – note I do not have one of these so I can not vouch for the quality and I get nothing for providing the URL. Let me know if you have one of these generators or if you purchased one.
If the grid goes down and your freezer thaws out just put them in a cool dark place and you will probably have good seeds for perhaps 4 or 5 years. Noting this problem leads to the next item:
Seed Saving – Note: people have been saving and storing seeds for thousands of years – Why not you? –
If you save seeds, then you may never have to access your stored seeds. I will not delve into seed saving, but it is simple and you will not have to freeze your harvested seed for the next year. Just dry them and put them in simple paper envelopes. That being said, the book (Book 1) listed below is one I have and you should have as well. Get the paperback as paper books are grid-down resistant! Note: after you start saving seeds year after year, your seeds will become adapted to your particular climate. These will then become your localized seeds and will perform better than the original seeds you started with! See you didn’t know seeds could learn, did you?
I have Book 1 and have used it for years, and Book 2 looks really interesting.
Where to get your seeds
You can get your seeds any place you choose. The two below to be honest will get me a small commission if you use them. This will not increase what you pay for your seeds and helps me. I have used both for many years.
Company 1 – True Leaf URL HERE
Company 2 – Eden Brothers – URL HERE
In the future, I expect that you will start seeing the following alerts at your favorite seed site. While seeds are available now, I would certainly start storing your future seeds. One nice thing about using Heirloom and Open Pollinated seeds that you can save seeds if you allow the plant to go to the seed stage, You can then store this seed and perhaps never touch your backup 7 year supply. This is just good prepping.
That’s all for the Seed Blog today. Today is July 11th. 2021. Things have warmed up here a bit but have been overcast all day as there are two cloud layers blocking the sun and keeping things a bit cooler. Humidity? Ya, I am in Central Texas. Growing your own food is a serious thing which you should consider as prices get higher and higher for food, and the availability of store-purchased foods will get less and less. It’s happening before your very eyes.
Get some seeds and store them. Start a garden. See my free PDF blog download and lookup grow bags and Ruth Stout garden if you want to jump into growing your own quickly.
Don’t Be a food slave. Best of everything from Central Texas where the stars are bright.