While you’re prepping……
A good thing to remember to stock up on is seeds. If you plan on growing your own food, you will need to start with a stock of seeds. I gathered my seeds up over time. I used seed trains, low cost packs at the grocery store, friends who shared, even ordering online. The very best place I have found to buy seeds, if you have the money to spend on ordering, is Baker Creek Seeds. They are my favorite place because they guarantee their seeds are non-GMO heirloom seeds.
“Growing your own food might become difficult if you buy GMO tainted seeds or hybrids”
Growing your own food might become difficult if you buy GMO tainted seeds or hybrids (due to the fact that the seeds are oftentimes sterile). I am not saying that hybrids are necessarily bad. They have their place, but it is not in the prepper’s seed cache. Some places claim to sell non-GMO heirloom seeds and they may be cheaper than Baker’s Creek, but they will not have the quality you are looking for when it comes to long term storage. (and for the record, I am not making money from Baker’s Creek for boosting their reputation. I do, however, spend lots of money there. Lol)
Once you get a nice little pile of seeds, storing them correctly is a must if you want them to germinate. I keep all mine in tins I buy from yard sales or get from those generic Christmas gifts of Walmart popcorn. The tins keep moisture out and stack nicely in my storage area. If the seeds are kept cool and dry they can last anywhere from 4 to 10 years.
From the picture, (I hope you can see), I also store my seeds in plastic bags labeled with type of vegetable, herb, etc. Inside the plastic bag I put the different varieties of the particular plant in their own packages. If you get your seeds from a seed train, neighbor, or friend and they do not have their own packaging, you can make a tiny paper envelope with scrap paper and tape. On the outside you should label your envelope with type of plant, variety, days to maturity, date you received it, and other particulars you want to remember. For instance, I like to label my tomato seeds by what they are used for, ie: slicing, canning, paste, sun-drying, etc.
Another really good thing to do, so you always know what you’ve got, is keep good records. I write down everything in a notebook first. I like to write each vegetable name, then under that write the varieties, then make hash marks to show how many packs of the variety I have.
Once I get them all written down I go into my laptop and open a new document. I categorize all them alphabetically by plant, then (under plant type) alphabetically by variety. I keep the notebook so I can make adjustments such as what I take out or extra I put in, then I can go back later and type it my seed file. I also like to keep a print out in a binder of what I have because it is nice and neat and alphabetized, in case I need to find something fast. I make sure I know what is in which tin.
Growing your own food – Tip: Remember to use non-GMO heirloom seeds!
I hope this helps some of you get your seed stash in order. It may seem a bit over the top to some, but if you want your seeds to last and you want to know where they are and how many you have, then I suggest tweaking the system to suit your needs.