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The typical grocery store in the U.S. carries only about 72 hours’ worth of food on its shelves, according to optimumpreparedness.com and other sources. A crisis situation, caused by weather or a terrorist attack, would likely result in the rapid depletion of food and water from those stores. To be prepared, SurvivalSeeds4Patriots recommends stockpiling and planting non-hybrid, open-pollinated, non-genetically modified seeds with high germination rates.
Nashville,Tenn. (PRWEB) November 23, 2012
SurvivalSeeds4Patriots believes that the best way to prepare for a food shortage is by acquiring, planting, storing and harvesting seeds. It’s a great idea to stockpile non-perishable food, but no one knows how long a crisis will last. People may need to feed their families for an extended period of time without access to grocery stores.
While this process will require work, it’s simple. One, acquire seeds; two, plant those seeds in a garden; three, store unused seeds for the future; and four, harvest the seeds from current plants. People who do that will never have to buy seeds again.
Ranging in size from mere dust-like particles to the size of a fist, seeds come in many shapes, sizes and colors. A seed’s growth is what brings a plant to life through the germination process. After soaking up water and swelling, a seed’s protective covering splits and the new plant within begins to grow by utilizing the seed’s store of food.
SurvivalSeeds4Patriots suggests 10 different types of vegetable seeds. Following are some tips for planting and harvesting:
The seeds of different types of beans should be planted well away from each other whenever possible to avoid any chance of cross-pollination.
When preparing cucumber seeds for storage, cut the cucumber in half lengthwise and scrape out the seedy pulp. Put the pulp and the seeds in a bowl of water to ferment. The heavy seeds will sink to the bottom, making it easy to drain and rinse them.
Melon seeds are ripe enough to collect and store when melons are ripe enough to eat.
When spinach leaves begin to turn yellow, the seeds are nearly mature. The leafiest plants should be chosen for seed saving.
When berries turn red and ferny top leaves flop over in the fall, asparagus seeds are ready to harvest.
In colder climates, broccoli growth should be started indoors in the spring because the outdoor growing season might not last long enough.
Don't harvest the strongest pea plants for food. Instead, allow pods to hang on the plants until the seeds are ripe and then harvest them.
Squash seed is usually collected around the same time of the first fall frost. Allow the good seeds to dry for two weeks.
Cabbage produces a tall stalk with yellow flowers in the second year. Seeds will be ready to harvest when the seedpods turn from brown to yellow.
The black seeds from onion plants are harvested by cutting off seed heads and then drying for several weeks.
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