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Heirloom Seeds

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Heirloom seeds are those seeds that will faithfully reproduce after their own genetic kind. However, most seeds that are sold for vegetable gardening are hybrid seeds that have been genetically-modified to produce a plant with larger fruits, resistance to disease or bugs, etc.

While that may sound good on the one hand, what most people don’t realize is that hybrid seeds can be a threat to their very existence in a long-term survival situation. The problem is that the seeds from the fruits or vegetable produced by hybrid seeds cannot be saved and counted on to reproduce the following year a plant similar to the parent plant.

Fresh-Grown is Always Best

What this means is that in a survival situation if all you have are hybrid seeds you could find yourself starving. While those hybrid seeds that you’ve bought from those pretty seed catalogues might produce a fantastic garden the first year, saving the seeds won’t do a lot of good the next year.

The seeds from hybrid fruits and vegetables cannot reproduce like the parent. In fact, some of these genetically-modified seeds may not even germinate the following year. They are designed to force the consumer, gardener and farmer to have to purchase seeds each year.

This is the main reason that we recommend that part of your preparedness efforts should also include non-hybrid garden seeds or heirloom seeds. These seeds can be harvested each year and saved to replant next year. If saved properly, they can germinate and produce a healthy crop year after year.

Even buying a bunch of heirloom seeds doesn’t mean that they will be good after being stored for five or even ten years. After about a year most seeds lose their viability when stored in a less-than-ideal manner.

Survival garden seeds are different. These heirloom seeds have been specially selected for their ability to be grown in a wide variety of climates and for their natural ability to stay viable for long-storage periods. They are then dried so they have the optimal amount of moisture and then sealed in a three-layer foil packet to maintain that moisture level. This ensures they will store for up to six times longer then other seeds.

Sixteen different types of heirloom garden seeds are then packed in #10 cans, along with detailed instructions. The cans are then sealed to preserve the freshness and viability of the seeds. When stored at temperatures below 75°F the seeds will remain healthy for 4 to 5 years. Studies at Cornell University suggest that for every degree less than 75°F the shelf-life of most seeds nearly doubles. Thus storing them in a refrigerator or even freezer will ensure those seeds will be good for decades.

Each Survival Garden Seeds can contains 16 types of heirloom seeds:

    Golden Bantam sweet corn - 5 oz.
    Blue Lake pole beans - 5 oz.
    Little Marvel sweet garden peas - 10 oz.
    Scarlet Nantes carrots - 6 g
    Utah Sweet Spanish onions - 10 g
    Golden Acre cabbage - 10 g
    Lucullus Swiss chard - 8 g
    Detroit Dark Red beets - 8 g
    Waltham Butternut winter squash - 6 g
    Ace 55 VF tomato - 3 g
    Black Beauty zucchini squash - 6 g
    Barcarolle Romaine lettuce - 4 g
    Yolo Wonder pepper - 5 g
    Champion radish - 10 g
    Bloomsdale Long Standing spinach - 10 g
    Marketmore 76 cucumber - 8 g

If you are looking for an emergency food supply for your home or retreat, then freeze dried foods are going to be your best choice.


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