Which Seeds To Include In Your Emergency Seed Stock?
As I wrote previously on my blog, most emergency seed banks that I bought and reviewed don’t offer adequate seed quantities and varieties of seeds which you should store in your emergency kits. Only few offer great variety of seeds in quantities that are sufficient to plant a real vegetable garden which will produce enough crops to feed you and your family, and you should definitely choose one of those.
Still, depending where you live, you may want do add a couple more vegetable varieties to your survival seed bank. I would recommend adding more of staple vegetables: nutritious crops which will provide a lot of food that can be stored for longer periods, even without freezing. Here I would like to suggest the quantities and types of vegetable seeds that should be included with every emergency seed bank, suitable for planting a garden of roughly one acre.
I’m a firm believer that adding more varieties of the same vegetable is preferred to planting just one variety of each species. If the situation for starting a survival garden arises, it’s better to have a lot of different kinds of vegetables with genetically diverse parents to ensure you have a sufficient yield to feed your family.
Remember, you only need do add vegetables that your survival seed bank doesn’t have and the ones you and your family will eat. There’s no point in storing seeds which you don’t enjoy eating and will never plant.
Adam’s Survival Seed Bank Seed Variety Recommendations
|Seed/Variety Name||Quantity||Reason To Be Included|
|Seed/Variety Name||Quantity||Reason To Be Included|
|Beans, dry||3000-4000||Beans are one of the most significant sources of protein among vegetables. Try to include different species of beans like common beans, runner beans, garbanzo, tepary, fava, soybeans, chickpeas..In case of disease, pests or other problems which could take out a particular variety during growing season, it's prudent to have backup.|
|Beans, green||200||Green beans aren't necessary in survival garden, however if you dry them, you can store them well.|
|Beet||3000||Only non hybrid varieties, beets are excellent since both greens and roots are edible.|
|Broccoli||100||Broccoli are somewhat difficult to grow, but highly nutritious crop. Can't be preserved for long, so no sense in growing more that a couple of rows.|
|Cabbage||300||A real staple vegetable and traditional survival food. Can be stored well.|
|Carrots||5000||Another great staple vegetable, just be sure to choose non hybrid variety.|
|Chard||100||Chard has more nutrients that lettuce and can has a longer growing season. Harvest the outer leaves and the plant will continue to grow.|
|Corn, Sweet||3000||Corn can be dried well, and if planted successively you'll have extended harvest. However, not for everyone since it requires a lot of space.|
|Corn, flour||4000||If you have a huge patch of land, planting corn could be a wise choice, easier to harvest that wheat.|
|Cucumber||100||Not a survival vegetable by any means, but easy to grow and a nice supplement.|
|Eggplant||200||Low in calories, mostly from carbohydrates, a potent source of energy. High in vitamin K, Potassium and Manganese. Use non GMO varieties.|
|Lettuce||100||Low on nutrients and can not be stored, to be planted only if you have extra space, to add variety to your meals.|
|Cantaloupe||100||Good source of Vitamin A, C AND Potassium. However, can't be stored for longer periods. You can use hybrids.|
|Onions||4000||Don't use hybrid varieties. Onions store very well, and are essentially a base of our cooking. Need to have enough onions.|
|Parsnip||400||Root vegetable, like carrots and parsley.|
|Peas||4000||Another great staple vegetable, big in protein. You can eat pea greens early in the season, and have plenty of peas to dry later on.|
|Peppers, green||500||Excellent source of carotenoids (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lycopene), vitamin C and E. If you want to maximize the availability of vitamin C and carotenoids from bell pepper, allow this amazing vegetable to ripen.|
|Peppers, hot||400||To be used for traditional medicinal and veterinary applications. Plant away from green peppers, to prevent cross pollination.|
|Potato||300||Potatoes should be important part of every survival stash, plant them from potato tubers and have small amount of true seeds as backup. Choose abundantly fruiting varieties only.|
|Radish||200||Not a real food in my opinion, but produce a quick crop. Can be left out of the survival kit.|
|Spinach||400||Spinach is a super food loaded with tons of nutrients in a low calorie package.|
|Squash||600||Squash should be one of the main staples in a survival garden, choose varieties that grow well in your climate conditions. Squash stores well. Hybrids are ok.|
|Sunroot||200||Sunroots, sometimes called Jerusalem artichokes, are a rich source of vitamin B1 and B3, vitamin C and Folate.|
|Tomato||500||I prefer heirloom tomatoes, although hybrid varieties yield better and are generally more reliable. Keep away from Roma, Beefsteak and Brandywine.|
|Tomato, cherry||200||Cherry tomatoes yield better that regular tomato, and it always the earlier tomato to produce fruit. Definitely needs to be included!|
|Turnip||1000||Can be stored easily, and produce quite large harvest.|
|Watermelon||50||Not a staple vegetables, include in only if you need variety in your meals.|
|Wheat||I don't include wheat in my survival seed bank, as it's labor intensive and needs a lot of space to grow. Corn is much better choice.|
|Spices and Herbs||Herbs are natural remedies, and spices add flavor to your food. I included a medicinal herb with my survival kit, so I would recommend you do the same. Choose spices and herbs that grow well in your area, or purchase a already made medicinal herb bank.|