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 Posted: Thu Mar 18th, 2010 07:03 PM
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so a few years back when people started talking about the wtshtf i started thinking what would i use to surive if i had to. to be honest i wasnt very perpared and have done alot since then to perpare myself. so i got the normal prepardness stuff rice, beans, grain, lots of water filtartion, and of course ammo. but then i was thinking that will only last so long so i started to think about what i have to survie for more then a year. most people that i have talked to dont tend to plan for that. so i started to look at my options. the best thing i found was to every year at the beginng of the growing season i buy a ton of seeds and planting crops (most can be picked up cheap at a hardware store) they only last about a year till they wont germinate so you have to rebuy every year but it gives me a peace of mind if i have to live for a long time w/o modern convences.

just something to think about tell me what you guys think



 Posted: Thu Mar 18th, 2010 11:15 PM
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You might go to SurvivalMonkey.com and do a search on heirloom seeds. If you go that route, you'll have far less problems with hybrid failures in the second year. Save some typing and click on the SM link on the HB forum main page.



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 Posted: Fri Mar 19th, 2010 01:06 AM
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If you are in "striking range" of NC/SC next month (16-18 April) you need to come to our wee gathering. We will cover lots of gardening subjects, preserving the harvest, grinding grains, self defense, shooting, foraging, game procurement using primitive tools, and lots of BS subjects. We will have transplants to give(heirlooms) and some seeds. Swap/trade and a Dutch Oven cooking contest will top off Sat afternoon before the fun auction.  



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 Posted: Fri Mar 19th, 2010 03:11 AM
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Got a tea party or two in that range of the calendar, otherwise I'd have to join you.



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ghrit wrote: You might go to SurvivalMonkey.com and do a search on heirloom seeds. If you go that route, you'll have far less problems with hybrid failures in the second year. Save some typing and click on the SM link on the HB forum main page.
I'm going to check out these heirloom seeds because heirloom tomatoes although ugly are incredibly great tasting. If other veggies from non hybrid sources are that good I'd think about becoming  a vegetarian.... naw that won't happen but wow those tomatoes are the BEST!



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 Posted: Tue Aug 31st, 2010 05:37 AM
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Seeds viability has a broad range; wheat up to 30 years with most much lower. I try to keep a 3 sisters garden every year, if only to maintain fresh seed.

I get a kick out of the survival packs that will end up being no good if they ever get planted.



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Gardening...
IMHO, saving seeds for a SHTF situation is a friutless plight if you are not already gardening to gain the practical knowledge of how plants need to be treated, combating the weather, and soil conditioning. It took me several years to become a fairly successful gardener, and I grew up with gardening parents. When I struck out on my own, with no parents nearby to help, the first few years were disasterous.

if you are hoarding "survial seeds" you are better off swapping them after the SHTF, instead of planting them.
Jon

Last edited on Mon Sep 17th, 2012 01:00 PM by JonB_in_Glencoe



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read this on seed storage...
i think i seen it on pbs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svalbard_Global_Seed_Vault



 Posted: Sat Sep 22nd, 2012 11:52 PM
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No need to go all the way to Norway.

http://seedsavers.org/



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