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Page 3 – Seeds, Seeds Wonderful Seeds
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Seeds, Seeds Wonderful Seeds You and I are alive today because of some ancient seed prepper thousands of years ago. While the first survivalist were indeed hunter-gatherers and went out to get anything they could eat like fruit, berries. seeds, nuts yummy bugs, or anything that came across their path. This worked well but you never had a home. Soon, people realized that it would be much better to grow food in one place instead of allowing nature to provide all of what they needed. Of course, we are talking about the original farmers and farmers needed animals, and especially seed. Having seeds to plant became a life-supporting thing and quickly became a business, and local productive seeds became very valuable. Not like the average Walmart food head who never thinks about the fact that much of their food started with a seed. This brings up a story I have told many times. My wife and I were at Walmart, and on the way out I picked up a package of Extra Large Cherry Tomato seeds. At checkout, this very young and beautiful sweet girl asked me what I did with the seeds.
I explained that I planted them and that is where tomatoes come from. It could have just as well been a young nice boy that asked the same question. I have a sinking feeling in my stomach that things may have even gotten worse, as that was 15 years ago, and children now can’t read a clock, tye their shoes, or even make a decision on their own. There are some very useful things taught in high school, but very few living skills are ever taught. Guess I should know better as I didn’t learn any of my skills in school either. My best teachers were my parents and grandparents who had highly developed life skills.OK, let’s now talk seeds and the Grand Solar Minimum (which may be a super one). As our seasons are getting short and frost becoming more of a problem, we need to think smart on how to get the most out of our summers, In normal times and in normal weather just about anything from corn to tomatoes and everything in between would grow just great. But the question we should be asking is what types and cultivars should we have seed for during the SGSM? I will have a seed list at the end of this section. Growing from seed in the soil will be tough as it will be a slow start. Try to only grow from starts as these give weeks of gained time and speed up growth in the garden. So here are some examples: Make the beds wide enough so you can work each side easily. (4 ft. ??)
Use and grow:
- Plants that have a short growing season – perhaps 50 days or less.
- Cold tolerant plants,
- Plants that grow in low light levels.
- Plants that you have started for that were grown in a small greenhouse or protected environment. Get them as large as practical.
- Grow large numbers of plants that have high nutrient levels.
Vegetables that can be stored (potatoes, carrots squash, and other things).
Bush Beans, Summer Squash, and Determinate or Bush Tomatoes adapted to cool regions or ready for harvest in 55 days or so.
Angelica, Basil, Catnip, Chervil, Chives, Cress, Horseradish, Lemon Balm, Mint, Parsley, and Rosemary.
The problem with any of the above is how many days to maturity? Many of the leafy vegetables can be eaten before maturity. Note, the problem should not be shade but very cloudy days with some or reduced light. Tomatoes could be a real problem so just choose the small ones, The large beefy ones may not make it (pick them green). Green tomatoes really store well. One harvest season I probably had 50 lbs of green tomatoes. I put them in a cardboard box in a cool place and covered them. I made sure that they did not touch each other. They all eventually matured, and we ate the green ones as well. It took over two months to eat them all. You might think about growing green tomatoes for storage, Grow the starts indoors as large as possible before planting.A homework assignment: Go through or order seed catalogs. With a felt tip pen mark seed that you may be interested in. Make sure it’s practical and pay close attention to the days to maturity and the possibility of storage. Look at what I have recommended (I am not a cold-weather growing expert) and then order your seeds. Think 7 years of seed. Seeds store well when they are very cool or even frozen. Order a paperback book on seed saving. It’s very easy to do and practical. You don’t have much time left to prepare. While you are working at your day-to-day
job, never forget what is coming and how far behind you are.
Do something every day to prepare. Look at those around you. Do they know what you know? Probably not and would they even believe you? Stay focused and make a checklist. If you live in New York or the East Coast You probably know your area well, so prepare as needed. You will know soon enough.
While we still have a good year or two to get this growing our own food under control. Don’t hesitate and start now while things are relatively inexpensive and still stable?
Here are my suggestions on the seed. They are based on 70 days ( a bit over two months) of warm growing weather. Use your greenhouse to extend your growing season and grow your starts. Using starts can get you growing two weeks into the growing season or more. There are more vegetables than you could grow so you might want to add to this list. I don’t have corn on the list. While fresh corn is good, it takes a lot longer to dry it. Also, wind can damage corn. I will let you choose the cultivars. Just do your homework.
- Bush beans – All are mostly 60 days
- Pole beans – 63 to 65 days
- Beets – 35 to 65 days
- Cabbage – 65 to 100 days. May not get full heads but cold hardy
- Carrots – 60 to 100 days, but carrots do well in colder weather if protected.
Can even be dug out while covered in snow.
- Collards – 50 to 70 days but are cold hardy. Highly recommended
- Celery – probably not, but cutting (Chinese) celery would be OK
- Cucumbers – 50 to 75 days. Poor nutrient value but good tasting!
- Egg Plant – 60 to 65 days
- Kale – 50 to 60 days – Cold weather hardy. Highly recommended
- Leek – Grow in the greenhouse
- Lettuce – 50 to 65 days. You can pick leaf lettuce as it grows over time
- Melons – 70 to 100 days. Iffy?
- Mustard 45 to 60 days. Can be eaten at any stage. Always grow mustard
- Peppers – all types 65 to 100 days. Very good for you and can be dried
- Pumpkins – 65 to 120 days. Iffy?
- Radish – 25 to 65 days. This should always be grown. Can eat as a
microgreen or a full-grown plant. Really healthy eating.
- Spinach – 25 to 45 days. Always grow this.
- Summer squash – 50 to 65 days. Always grow this. I like the large round
- Turnip and turnip greens – 55 days. Good for you
- Winter Squash – 60 to 110 days – Always grow the long storage types like Waltham Squash
- Tomatoes – 65 to 120 days. Require a lot of heat and sunshine. Grow smaller-type tomatoes. Think about growing larger tomatoes and harvesting green. They store well (up to two months or more) in the house.
- Herbs – Grow a large variety in pots. Bring in if it gets too cool or cold.
OK, so you are at the end of this blog. Now go out and get started on your garden. If you have well you are ahead of the game.
Note: last year was crazy in the spring for seed sales. Get yours now as others just stare out the window at the cold weather!
True Leaf Market. I have purchased seed packets to 25 Lb sacks of seeds from True Leaf, Always good quality and swift delivery – Check out their Cat!
Eden Brothers Seed. I have purchased seed packets from Eden Brothers for years with no quality problems. You can trust them as they are the seediest place on earth 🙂 Good quality and swift delivery.
High Mowing Seeds. I have ordered from them and purchased High Mowing seeds at my local hydroponics shop, Great quality, and very good germination. This is another seed company I recommend,
Seeds for Generations. You may have watched their recent seed-starting webinar. Here is a family-run seed business that you can trust. I recommend that you checkout their site and mateials,
Just started growing a garden or want to get into seed saving? Below is a book I own. It’s also a paperback copy as I have it handy at all times. Highly recommended. Seed saving is a really old prepper skill. Develop yours now. Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners – An oldie but a goody!
Plant Labels- A must-have for keeping track of your starts. HOMENOTE 200 Pcs 4″ Plastic Plant Labels Waterproof Plant Tags for Seedling, Vegetable Gardening Tags with Permanent Marking Pen, White.
OK, that’s all for this blog. I will be back with more pages of prepping advice and prepping tools and survival products. Come back often. To go to the next page when available go to the menu at the top of this page. Hope you enjoy this one. Dennis in Central Texas
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