Want to know some survival seeds storing techniques? If you haven’t started your seed collection for the rainy days, then this is something you have to learn.
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Survival Seeds Storing Techniques For Homesteading
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Survival Seeds Storing Techniques
Any survivalist can tell you that a scenario is on the horizon in which all of our ancient knowledge will be put to the test. The scenario differs from survivalist to survivalist but the same underlying rules are nevertheless consistently implied. You must prepare. You must store food. And you must learn to survive without the comforts of modern day society.
Some of us have stored food and gear and have continued back to our daily lives. Some of us continue to train, adapt, and push ourselves to the spiritual, physical, and intellectual limit in order to counter any possible scenario. Some of these limits include hunting with nothing more than a bow and arrow as well as even gardening and harvesting food from home. However, no matter how far your survivalist training takes you always remember; our ancient ancestors survived on mere nothing all while traveling on foot and left much of this knowledge for us such as survival seed storing techniques. No matter the disaster or how far they traveled, our ancestors maintained techniques to ensure a lush garden when they finally reached safe ground.
Gathering Seeds for Survival
The first step for survival seed storing techniques is gathering the seeds. Seeds do not always have to be purchased; instead seeds can be gathered from already harvested fruits and vegetables. It does not matter the fruit or vegetable however, do realize the growing process behind each plant. For example, if apple seeds are stored than many years will have to put into growing an apple tree in order to produce apples. However, strawberry seeds are a great seed to gather as strawberries usually flower not long after they’re grown.
Be sure to store enough seeds from each plant as to compensate for individual seeds that might not survive until the next season. It is common to have a few seeds not sprout for every handful of seeds. Also, be sure to separate each strain of seed from one another as to properly tell the difference between seeds that may appear similar.
There are several different methods for drying seeds all that really matters is how much space is available. The point of drying seeds is to rid them of any excess moisture that may cause them to sprout prematurely. Once all the additional moisture is gone than the seeds can be stored properly until the next planting season.
If not much space is available than the first method is the paper towel and the paper bag method. Simply place several seeds of each strain between two paper towels or inside a paper bag and store for a few days checking frequently. Once the seeds are thoroughly dried than they can be moved into storage containers. If more space is available than the paper plate method is a great method to thoroughly dry mass amounts of seeds from several different strains. Allow several days for this method to dry the seeds.
In order to properly store seeds air tight containers must be purchased or prepared beforehand. A great example of an air tight container is a mason jar. Once all of the seeds from each strain or thoroughly dry place them into an air tight container and be sure to label each one. It is very important to label each strain of seed as the air tight containers will help the seeds survive roughly four to six months until the next planting season. This amount of time may cause you to forget which seeds are which especially if there are similarities.
Final Survival Seeds Tips
When planting season finally comes be sure to only germinate two to four seeds at a time from each strain as to compensate for seeds that do not sprout. Although there are several different methods to germinating and the primary method consist of burying the seeds germinating seeds can actually be done in just a few days indoors.
Fold a paper towel and dampen lightly with water. Fold several times over than place two to four seeds of the same strain of plant in between each moist paper towel. Place the paper towels into a Ziploc bag and then set on the window sill for several days. About once a day check on the seeds for signs of swelling, cracking, or sprouting. A translucent root will appear once the seed is fully germinated roughly one to two inches in length. At this point plant the strain and wait for the seed to sprout from the earth.
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