Got Seeds for Post-SHTF??

Got Seeds for Post-SHTF??

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    Got Seeds for Post-SHTF??

    My wife surprised me about 10 days ago. She had glimpsed at the Costco flyer they mailed to us and she punted out that they had an Online Only Special for a 1-gallon bucket of Non-hybrid (if you save the seeds from non-hybrid seeds you will get exactly the same results, allowing for weather variances) vegetable seeds. Costco claims that, due to their method of packaging, the seeds are guaranteed to be viable for 5 years (if kept out of extreme heat or cold).

    She said she would feel better about our prepping if we had that bucket in our prepping stores. So, I bought it. FYI, they do also offer a 2-galling bucket of vegetable seeds.

    As a non-agricultural person, I do not know how long seeds can be stored and still be viable. I am reasonably sure that Costco stated a 5 year period because they wanted to be conservative, so as to not have people get angry with them if the seeds fail to produce within that length of time.

    If you do know what is a reasonable amount of time to expect seeds to remain viable would you please share that with me?


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    If you want to plant and grow things as a hobby and maybe eat some stuff you grow.. great. If your plan is to become a backyard farmer as a source of food post SHTF... eh, I think that is a stretch.
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    I've never personally done tests out longer than 2 or 3 years, but the seeds I tried did fine out to 3 years.

    Jack Spirko has an episode on this on The Survival Podcast. I don't remember his results.

    IMO, you're better off getting new seeds every 3 years. Better yet, start gardening and save your own seeds.
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    We have a good sized garden and can lots of veggies, mostly year round weather permitting.
    Still eating last years tomatoes. New crop coming along nicely.
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    Adequately dried seeds sealed in moisture barrier containers can be stored safely for a minimum of 4 years at 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit and much longer at lower temperatures. Each 5.6 degree drop in storage temperature will double the storage life of non-hybrid seeds. Critical factors are temperature and moisture content.

    You need to rotate your non-hybrid seeds.
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    Thanks Patti. Good info, never knew that until now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fizban View Post
    If you want to plant and grow things as a hobby and maybe eat some stuff you grow.. great. If your plan is to become a backyard farmer as a source of food post SHTF... eh, I think that is a stretch.
    Sound advice. Like anything else there is a learning curve. Most training does offer peace of mind to an extent but gardening yields tastier tangible results. Eventually, if you catch the bug, you'll end up with more than you can use. Doesn't hurt to have some to share some with your friends and neighbors.
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    I'm just going to loot grocery stores of Twinkies like Woody Harrelson in that zombie movie.

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    I saw a link a few weeks ago for this thing called The Seed Vault. For $35 it had a wide variety of heirloom seeds that was supposed to be enough to feed four.

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