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Proper conditions for long term seed storage
Proper conditions for long term seed
storage is vital.
At room temperature seeds can be
expected to last 2-3 years.
As the storage temperature is lowered
the seed storage life increases greatly.
32° 50 or more years
40° 20 - 25 years
50° 10 - 12 years
60° 6 - 10 years
75° 2 - 3 years
80° 1 year
Planting a Survival garden To Save Money
Choosing what to plant.
It is best if you choose to plant vegetables that your family would normally eat,
so you will need to create a list of the veggies that you and your family eat on a
regular basis. You have probably already this list made in your kitchen on the
shelves in the form of can goods, coping this info onto a paper list should be
pretty simple. For example our family likes broccoli, cabbage and corn, we often
buy these frozen and fresh . They also are able to grow in our area. We do
occasionally eat spaghetti perhaps every other week. So tomatoes would be on the
list of things to grow for the spaghetti sauce. You can leave out things you know
you wont eat, don’t have room to grow or won’t grow in your climate.
What you have now is a list you can work with. You may also wish to check the
current market price of some produce to judge the cost effectiveness of growing it
v/s buying it that way you can prioritize your garden around the more expensive
vegetables, and generally figure what your family uses per month and plant
Some Popular Choices are:
Once you have your list you can figure how much your savings is going to be on
your food budget best.
There are also several food types that can be harvested on an as needed basis – such as lettuce, spinach, kale, chives etc. By growing these in the garden and not
picking them until your ready to use it, you have less waste and more money savings.
The next thing you should consider is the space that you have available for a garden.
You may only have a balcony in your apartment, or perhaps an acre or more of
empty land just begging to be put to good use or have a friend or neighbor that
Even if you have a lot of acreage, you should you’re your gardening layout wisely.
This will take into account water usage, time and labor in maintaining your garden.
For most home gardeners it is best to keep your garden as compact and efficient as
When planning a container garden, keep in mind that some plants require deeper
soil than others for optimal growth and food production.
Here’s a list of some Deep rooting plants and shallow rooting varieties. If you
choose container gardening, than shallow or medium rooted plants will do better
for you. Some varieties are meant for containers such as dwarf carrots, which don’t grow as deep as standard varieties grow.
Deep roots: more than 12 inches
Medium roots: 8–12 inches
Shallow roots: less than 6 inches
You might be thinking “ this is going to cost me a ton of money that I can not afford“.
It is however possible to get many of the things you need for free.
If you choose to or must container garden, you will find that old Rubbermaid tubs
work well. If you have access to your area local “freecycle” network, you can pick up
containers, tools and sometimes even seeds for free. Many counties have collection
areas where people can pick up compost for free. Call your local county extension
to see if this is available to your area.
If you have available land for your garden you can improve soil quality by
composting your kitchen scraps, wood ash and lawn clippings. This can be done
by tilling it into the soil or using a designated composting area.
You can grow your potatoes from the eyes of a potato that you purchased at the
grocery store. Buy a sack of potatoes, set a few aside for 2 – 3 weeks in a warm area and they will quickly become seed potatoes for planting
in your garden. The remainder of the potatoes is dinner for your family. When
the potato eyes are ready just cut a chunk of the potato off with the eye on it and
stick that part in the ground.
I hope that you found this article helpful, please comment and rate. Feel free to
add your ideas. This site is intended to encourage people to learn self sufficiency
and for people to share there knowledge.
Starting Your Garden
Begin as early as possible
Hardy plants can be started outdoors much earlier that other varieties of garden plants. These plants can also be grown late in the season, right up to the killing frost.
Be aware of your areas climate