Nashville, Tenn. (PRWEB) December 19, 2012
Storms that knock out power – sometimes only briefly but other times for well over a week, such as Sandy – can make it difficult for many people to purchase the food and water they need for their families, as supermarket shelves become empty quickly.
The next storm, natural disaster or other emergency could produce a crisis that lasts considerably longer. In addition to stockpiling food and water, the best way to prepare is by acquiring, planting, storing and harvesting seeds, according to SurvivalSeeds4Patriots.
By following these instructions, people will only have to purchase seeds once. First, acquire seeds. Second, plant those seeds in a garden. Third, store the unused seeds for the future. And fourth, harvest the seeds from current plants.
SurvivalSeeds4Patriots recently suggested 10 different types of vegetable seeds to stockpile now. Following are 10 more to round out the Top 20, as well as tips for planting and harvesting:
When selecting the seeds of corn, closely examine both the plant and the ears of corn. Choose the best ears from the earliest-bearing plants.
A cool weather crop, lettuce can be eaten early but has a long season for seed saving. Lettuce seeds don't all ripen at once.
Let peppers ripen beyond the eating stage before collecting their seeds, which will be ready when the fruit is no longer green.
Harvest tomato seeds when the fruits are fully ripe. Save the seeds from the fruits of several plants.
Beets will provide plenty of seeds. In fact, what may look like a single seed is probably several seeds in a ball. When they turn brown, they are mature.
With eggplant, when the fruit turns from firm and glossy to dull and somewhat puckered, the seed is ready to harvest.
The pods of radishes won't split open when they mature. When the pods turn brown, remove the seeds, which can be sown as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring.
The seeds of carrots should be harvested when they turn brown in the early fall. Seeds in the top branches will ripen before those of the lower branches.
Cauliflower seeds should be planted in the late spring or early summer. In the second year, seeds in pods will be produced on tall stalks, and they should be harvested when the pods turn brown.
Parsley plants produce an abundance of seeds. They can be harvested when they are observed maturing in the fall.
SurvivalSeeds4Patriots produces a “done-for-you” Liberty Seed Vault containing 21 varieties of non-GMO heirloom survival seeds packed in an airtight storage container. More information on the Liberty Seed Vault is available at MoreValuableThanGold.
Learn more tips and tricks for stockpiling survival food on the Power4Patriots blog such as this post revealing a variety of foods that you can dehydrate yourself.