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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Emergency Preparedness Guide - Sowing the Seeds of Survival

This is the seventh installment of our new weekly feature entitled the "Emergency Preparedness Guide." Remember that we will post a new article each Wednesday from this guide.

Sowing the Seeds of Survival

Storing and planting garden seeds is a great way to reap the benefits of gardening now, and in the future!

I decided we would take a small detour on our journey to preparedness to talk about something that is probably on many minds this time of year, gardening. I know what you are thinking-what does gardening have to do with preparedness? When land is available, one of the best ways to keep fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet during an emergency is by growing them in your own garden. A garden adds nutrition and variety to your food storage.

Let’s talk a little about storing and planting garden seeds and you’ll see!

Storing Garden Seeds
Non-hybrid, open pollinating seeds are the best type to store when purchasing storage seeds. These types of seeds can be planted and their seeds can be collected at the end of the season for a future garden. Most seeds purchased today are hybrid seeds and cannot produce more plants. That is why choosing “non-hybrid” seed is so important. Remember the old adage, “You can count the seeds in an apple, but you cannot count the apples in a seed”.

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