Must Have Survival Garden Seeds

Anyone who is serious about making it through a disaster needs to know about survival garden seeds. In some times of catastrophe, the food supply may run short and you will need to grow your own. This is especially important since not every plant will grow under certain circumstances.

You don’t even have to be a survivalist to have a stash of survival garden seeds saved up.  You must however make sure that you are able to grow items that can meet your nutrient and caloric needs, and that store well under varying weather conditions.

Types of Survival Garden Seeds

Since you want to plant fruits and vegetables that provide food for the long term, you need to focus on getting particular types of seeds. Some good seeds to plant are:

Beans and Peas

These are champions when it comes to having a steady supply of foodstuff that is easy to grow and quite versatile as a food source. Good varieties to consider planting include Kentucky Wonder and Jacob’s Cattle. The main problem with peas and beans is that shelling them can be time and labor intensive.


With the many varieties available, you may need help deciding which type grows best in your location. Sweet corn is good for use in many recipes; however, this type does not last very long in storage. If you are thinking long term, plant varieties that you can crush and use as cereal or porridge, or to use as corn flour or to make grits.


These are very filling and have a high protein content. Potatoes store well and offer many different options when it comes to meal preparation. Using them in stews and soups, frying or creaming them are popular preparation options.


The winter variety is high in calories and vitamins. They can last for a long time if the storage conditions are good.

Sunflower Seeds

These are super versatile and a must have in any survivalist garden as they provide protein and healthy fat. Being easy to grow is a bonus when it comes to this food source.

Other great sources of seeds for the survivalist include kale, broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, carrots and cucumber. The best thing about storing these types of seeds is the fact that you can get them from many farm and agricultural supply stores.

More Garden Suggestions

  • Amaranth - a grain that can be ground for flour or popped like corn. Good in drier and hotter climates.
  • Pumpkin - Very nutritious.
  • Sweet potatoes - very nutritious, store well.
  • Carrots - store well.
  • Turnips - store well, very nutritious, can be animal feed.
  • Sugar beets - store well, animal feed.
  • Herbs - a wide variety of culinary and medicinal uses.

Growing a Secret Garden

Depending on the circumstances, you may need to consider planting your survival garden seeds in a secret garden to protect your food supply. This way, you reduce the threat of others raiding your garden and stealing your food. This type of garden can use natural foliage to camouflage the food plants.

Whether you are planting a secret survival garden or one that you are not trying to hide, there are other things to keep in mind. These factors include how much water is necessary for cultivation, as well as how the seeds and plants stand up to pests.

As you can see from the above list, some factors are important when selecting survival garden seeds. For convenience, the plants must be easy to grow and care for.  They must provide various nutrients to help you keep healthy during a food shortage and each crop must produce a lot of food.

Most basic seeds are often inexpensive but you have to calculate the cost in time and effort in growing them too, which gives you both nutrition and quality crops for you and your survival group.

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