Seeds With A Long Shelf-Life

No one knows exactly when a disaster situation could occur. That’s part of the scariness of these types of scenarios: they are unplanned and, to some extent, cannot be planned for.

One thing that you can do is think about the most likely scenarios and plan for those particular situations. Also, you can consider the common needs that each scenario will have: food, water, shelter, protection / self-defense. No matter what happens, all of these will be necessary to help you live through the situation and all of these can be planned for now.

Take food, for example. You’ll want to have shelf-storable food ready to go (or already in place at your bug out location) to help get you through the initial difficulties. Ideally, you’ll want to be able to survive on your stored food at least long enough to be able to find another food source such as getting your own garden going wherever you relocate.

You’ll also likely want to have seeds stored and ready to take with you for this garden. To help you with this, Jacki Andre offers eight kinds seeds which you can pack up in your bug out bag to take with you. Why? Because all eight of these seeds will last at least five years if taken care of. These eight are:

  1. Broccoli
  2. Cabbage
  3. Cauliflower
  4. Cucumber
  5. Muskmelons
  6. Spinach
  7. Radishes
  8. Lettuce

There’s lots of leafy goodness in that list, so, if you don’t particularly care for leaf vegetables, it may be worth finding some recipes to make them more palatable for you. Surviving another day can be a good reason to change the preferences of your taste buds.

Andre also gives some good tips on prolonging the shelf life of all of your seeds:

Seeds are best stored in cool, dry locations. A general guideline is to keep the combined temperature and humidity level under 100. As an example, the ideal temperature for seed storage is about 40-45 degrees Fahrenheit, which would allow for a maximum humidity level of about 50 percent. To keep your seeds dry, store them in an airtight container. Glass jars with rubber seals on their lids, like baby food or home canning jars, work best. If you’re concerned about moisture within the jar, you can add in a desiccant such as rice.

Keeping the seeds in the fridge or freezer is an excellent way to maintain perfect storage conditions. Keep in mind that frost-free fridges and freezers work by drawing out moisture, and can seriously dry out seeds. However, as long as your seeds are in an appropriate container, they shouldn’t become damaged.

Remember, now is the time to start setting these seeds aside and storing them for future use. The best time to prepare is now, before you need it.

What are your best tips for seed storage? Tell us below.

 
 

  • Rowdie

    Add tomato seed to your list.I have planted tomato seed that was over 4 years old and had a 50% germination rate. These seeds were not refrigerated or frozen. I would think they would last at least 5 years if they were frozen. Be sure that saved seed came from totally ripe vegetables. White peppers must turn red to have viable seed. White tomatoes are ripe when totally white [unike peppers].

  • dltaylor51

    anyone who is food fussy during a SHTF scenario deserves to starve out.eating dead people to keep from dying of starvation is not off the table either so that in itself makes broccoli sound pretty damned good.Carry lots of seasoned gravy and taco mixes in your bug out bag just in case you have to drowned out the taste of something even less palatable than broccoli.