My wife and I were laughing the other day as on her Instagram, a page she follows keeps advertising "Seed Vaults".
I'm sure we've all seen these floating around the internet. "30,000 seeds to plant your own survival garden when the SHTF". Some have more than that, boasting over 300,000 seeds at some staggering prices (nearly $1,000 but it does come in a nice ammo tin!).
Some of these boxes talk a lot of sense, they come with a growing manual and state that all seeds are open pollinated.
But if you think for a second that having a big box of seeds is the secret to growing enough food to feed your family then you are very much mistaken!
Anyone that gardens at all will tell you how hard it is to be a consistent producer, if it came to a time when it really mattered it would be even harder.
Having the seeds is such a small piece of the jigsaw that is growing your own food.
- You need to have the space, although I guess you could find somewhere and guerrilla garden them.
- The right soil to grow in (which can and does take years to build up),
- The knowledge and skills to be able to nurture these seeds into growth,
- The knowledge to be able to save the seeds from the plants you're growing.
- The ability to produce and store you harvest.
But that's almost besides the point I was getting at, when you look at what some of these seed vaults contain they'd never feed you anyway. One I looked at had 3000 celery seeds and only 15-20 bean seeds! I'd want a lot more beans than that in my larder, but I guess I could make celery soup or something!
You need to look at growing carbs and protein to keep you going and then other veggies to keep you healthy.
Then there's the viability issue, having a seed vault in storage doesn't mean they're all going to grow. Some seed lasts much longer than others, the only way to really guarantee that you can grow everything is to grow it every year and either buy new seed or save seed. I don't even do this myself, I take the risk and use seed that is a few years old, most of the time it works but then sometimes it doesn't and in a situation where you're relying on your harvest that could have some serious consequences!
Also you want to grow from seeds that are suitable to your area, like the melon I posted earlier in the week, it would be no good planting crops where the seed has been adapted to grow in a much hotter and drier climate than your own or took too long to mature before frosts set in again.
|My seed bank!|
I for one like to garden every year and improve my skills, who knows one day that set of skills might be very useful!
What do you think?
Am I wrong and storing a seed vault is a good idea?