It’s impossible to predict the future, which is why it’s a good idea to do everything you can to make sure you’re ready for anything life might throw your way. It’s a great deal easier to be ready for a disaster than to be in the middle of one and discover you’re ill equipped to manage the situation.
Growing and preserving your own food is a great way to make sure that you always have plenty to eat, even when things go horribly wrong. You’ll love that creating and building your own seed bank is fun and fulfilling.
Why You Need to Start Your Own Seed Bank
It’s true that there are several readymade seed banks that you could use, but they really aren’t the best idea. Most of these readymade seed banks have several shortcomings.
- The developers of the seed banks aren’t honest about how long the seeds procured through the seed bank will last. Not only will the seeds usually die shortly after you purchase them, many aren’t viable to begin with.
- Seed banks overstate the amount of food you’ll get from your purchase. Even if the seed bank does provide you with the seeds needed to grow several thousand pounds of food, more often than not, the seeds they send you will be for fruits and veggies that have a low nutrient value.
- The seed bank might tell you that they have included pumpkin seeds, but more often than not the pumpkin seeds are for the variety of pumpkin that gets turned into Jack O’Lanterns, which aren’t nutritional. The only way you’ll get any use out of the Jack O’Lantern seeds is if you have livestock that will convert the pumpkins into meat.
In the long run, you’ll be better off when you take the time to create your very own seed bank.
Starting Rolling with your own Seed Bank
Choose the containers you’re going to use to store your seeds. You want to avoid containers that won’t protect your seeds from:
It’s been my experience that a half gallon jar with a lid is the best choice. If you don’t have any of these jars in your home, contact a local restaurant who might be able to provide one.
The next step is purchasing a seed saving book. This book provides with all sort of valuable information about the best ways to store specific types of seeds, the planting instructions, and what the best populations are. One of the best books is called Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth. Another good choice is The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds by Robert and Cheryl Gough,
It takes time to decide what seeds you’re going to include in your seed bank.
It’s a good idea to include different varieties of your favorite vegetables. Partly because different varieties can be used for different purposes and partly because they’ll have mixed maturity dates which increases the length of time you’re garden produces food.
Another advantage to having seeds that mature at different times of the growing season is that if your garden is hit by an unexpected occurrence, such as a surprise frost, late drought, or blight, you’ll still have something to harvest.
Choose different colors of seeds, such as yellow corn and white corn. The different colors of the same vegetables indicate that you’ll get different antioxidants when you prepare and eat your produce.
When choosing seeds, you need to make sure you include some for vegetables that will store for a long period of time. These veggies will sustain your during the winter. Good choices include potatoes, turnips, and parsnips.
Don’t allow yourself to focus so much on storing veggie seeds in your seed banks that you forget to include grains and lentils. Grains such as wheat, soy, and oats are nutritious and can also have additional purposes such as being converted into fuel. Grain seeds are also a great option when you want to trade some of your banked seeds for something else.
Once you have collected the seeds needed for your seed bank, make sure you store the seeds in a space where they won’t be exposed to any light which can cause them to break down.