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Best Seeds For Prepping: 5 Top Picks, Seed Types

Food is a popular topic when it comes to prepping, as it should be. Usually, the conversation is dominated by food items like flour, rice, beans, canned goods, and prepackaged emergency survival food

All of which are mighty good options to have when preparing for an emergency. 

The old recommendation was to have at least three days of food to get through an emergency. Then that recommendation became a week, two weeks, a month.

Now, depending on what source you read, that recommendation could be anywhere from a few months to six months to an indefinite amount of time. 

Ideally and logically, we should all be as self-sufficient as possible so that these ever-increasing time frames will not be as strenuous when disaster strikes. 

But creating a long-term stockpile of food for one person can be quite the project, which becomes compounded for a family of three, four, or more. 

Eventually, the last can of food will be eaten, and the last pouch of emergency food rehydrated.

And this is why growing a garden or at a minimum, storing viable seeds should be a part of everyone’s preparations. Because no matter how prepared a person is, at some point, there will be a need for a renewable and sustainable food source.  

Types of Seeds 

Before rushing out to buy them you should know about the different types of seeds. Be sure to do your research and read all labels on seed packets because not all seeds are the same. 

Heirloom Seeds

These are seeds from plants that have been around for a long time without being altered. They produce plants with characteristics that are both desirable and stable. 

Sowing these seeds will result in plants that will produce viable seeds that can be replanted, and the seeds may be collected year after year. 

Most people believe heirloom seeds produce the best tasting fruits or vegetables. These seeds are also preferred because they are viewed as “natural” seeds.  

Hybrid Seeds  

These seeds are the result of cross pollination between two plants with different characteristics. This process is continued until a plant has all the traits desired by the grower. 

The desired traits can be anything that the grower is looking for such as larger leaves or flowers, color, larger crop yield, size of the plant, or resistance to temperature, drought, or insects. 

It can take several generations of growing to achieve the specific desired traits. But once a hybrid is created and used for years without alteration, the seeds can be considered an heirloom. 

Genetically Modified Seeds (GMO)

These types of seeds have been created in laboratory settings and are altered on the genetic level. In broad terms, this is done by taking a specific gene from another living organism and inserting it into the genes of the seed. 

Genetically Modified seeds are primarily used on the commercial level. Because of this, the goal of GMOs is to create a plant with traits that have higher crop yields, are drought or pesticide-resistant, and can grow in unfavorable conditions.  

Genetically modified seeds are generally frowned upon by home gardeners because they have not been around for a long time, possible side effects are unknown, and they are “unnatural.”


Best Seeds For Prepping: What to Stockpile? 

There are a lot of different seeds that can be stored and ultimately the best ones will be determined by your tastes and growing abilities. But to start that process along, listed below are five plant suggestions that are popular choices for the garden that are both filling and nutritional. 

Corn 

Corn is a great plant to grow because it can be eaten in a variety of ways. It can be cooked, boiled, eaten raw or dried and ground into flour. 

Corn is high in fiber, B vitamins, zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, and manganese. 

Potatoes 

While potatoes have been nicknamed a “starvation food” know that when growing them from seeds, it will take two growing seasons before they produce any potatoes. 

But potatoes are a versatile food that can be baked, boiled, and used in a multitude of recipes. 

Potatoes are high in carbohydrates, fiber, potassium, and vitamins C, B6.

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