Creating an Apocalypse Survival Kit
We dodged a bullet in December, 2012; the world didn’t end as predicted. But there are plenty more predictions out there. And even if there isn’t an apocalypse looming, there are natural disasters happening all the time. Will you be ready to take care of your family? Creating an Apocalypse Survival Kit is a great first step.
Purchasing Survival Seeds
First, you should look into purchasing seed packets. They can help you weather a natural disaster or food shortage even if it doesn’t involve the end of the world as we know it. And getting to know seeds is something you can start doing right now.
So how do you find the right seed packets for your apocalypse survival kit? An important aspect to keep in mind when purchasing survival seeds is that they’re non-gmo and heirloom seeds. You may not know what this means so let’s shed some light on that.
- Non-GMO: GMO (genetically modified organisms) seeds may not be able to be to be saved (from crops you grow) and replanted, which means you have to buy new seeds every year. GMO seeds are also chemically and genetically modified, meaning that they’re not natural and could pose potential health problems.
- Heirloom seeds: These seeds were open-pollinated and come from plants grown by previous generations of gardeners.
So you’ve bought your seed packets and put them on a shelf with the rest of your apocalypse survival kit. Whether they are sealed air tight or not, you still need to keep them in a place where there is minimal moisture and the temperature is less than 70 degrees.
Learning to Garden
The next thing you need to do is learn something about gardening. When the time comes, you won’t just suddenly know how. Now is the time to try it out. Ask yourself these questions:
- Do I have room for a garden in my yard? Does my apartment have a balcony for container gardening?
- What is the growing season in my region?
- Which survival seeds need to be planted when? Which will be harvested first? How much time will it take?
You also might want to purchase a book on saving your own seeds. If you are going to feed your family after the apocalypse or natural disaster, it might involve more than one growing season.
Another thing to consider for your apocalypse survival kit is adding some extra seeds for sprouting. Sprouts can be ready in 2-3 days and take only a jar and water to grow. And they come in amazing varieties such as:
- Spicy: Radish, mustard, and onion sprouts
- Hardy: Mung bean sprouts (often used in Asian food)
- Delicate: Alfalfa sprouts, for salads and sandwiches
Sprouts can also be grown from broccoli, cauliflower, kale, clover, sunflower, mustard, lentils, and soy beans. All of these options are very nutritious.
All you need is a container that can be covered with a paper towel and rubber-banded (or a lid that can be vented) and water. Fill the container about one-third full with your beans or seeds, and add lots of water. You’ll get used to how much to add when you see how much your beans or seeds swell up.
Let them soak for one day, then drain the water out. On each of the next 2 days, rinse and drain your sprouts. Ideally, they should be ready on the third day, but you can probably eat them on day 2 if you need to.