The Survival Garden: Because sometimes even a regular Wednesday can feel like Armageddon…

Victory Garden

Some of us have no trouble figuring out what to buy (i.e., five of everything)–it’s what not to buy that causes real dilemma.  For the rest of us (and by “us” in this sentence, we mean “you, perhaps?”), it can be a challenge to know where to start, particularly when it comes to plotting a vegetable garden.  If you find yourself hemming and hawing about the best way of achieving vegetable diversity in your plot, we have the following suggestion for you:  The “Survival Garden.”

A survival garden is really a collection of seeds that will fare better when stored for several years in a so-called “seed vault,” which, from what we can tell, is just a metal can or other package containing sealed seed packages.  The idea is that you keep your seed vault on hand with your other fancy-schmancy survivalist stuff and then, when disaster strikes–and we mean everything from near annihilation of the human race to maybe just losing your job and having to tighten your belt for a year–you plant the garden and are able to feed yourself on the variety of vegetables included, then gather seed for replanting the following year.  We will leave the issue of whether man or woman can survive on vegetables alone to a qualified nutritionist, but we just love the idea of an instantly diverse bounty.  It’s like “eat the rainbow” in a can.  In addition, many of these seed vaults or banks come with books or other materials on both planting the seeds and gathering and storing seeds for the next generation.

So why wait for that alien invasion when you can buy one of the survival garden kits below at a super reasonable price and get started today on growing the beautiful collection of vegetables (and, in some cases, fruits such as melons) inside.  Go ahead and open that vault!

Survival Seeds Heirloom Survival Seeds copy Survival Essentials Seed Bank Survival Seed Vault


  1. Geaniemarie
    March 2, 2015

    This is an intriguing idea. What would you need to actually be able to survive? Corn, tomatoes? No zucchini. As far as I’m concerned Zucchini is completely unnecessary for human existence, although I think it would grow in my garden whether I planted it or not. Having vegetable seeds in your emergency kit is a great idea. My husband and recently went through a period of unemployment and our garden was a lifesaver.

  2. Ann Abbitz
    March 3, 2015

    I actually love the idea of a Survival Garden. Believe me, I am not the most accomplished gardener on the planet (probably not even in my neighborhood), but I’d like to have the option of being able to plant a variety of essential vegetables and herbs in the case of an emergency. I think there are plenty of people of there that will agree with me…. This is actually an article I read recently on what people are calling ‘survival gardening':

    • Faisalabadi
      June 5, 2015

      I ordered Norfolk Island Pine seeds from a conpamy regularly seen on the web. I received in the packet, not seeds but pieces of vegetation sort of fan-shaped with no instructions as to handle these vs regular seeds so I handled them the way I would seeds and potted them in peat pots with spagnum as the medium. Only one has germinated so far. I did email the conpamy asking about the above and got no answer which will eliminate me from buying anything again from them. Howeve it is fun just to experiment with seeds. I recently found a person in my town (Greenville, SC) who deals in bonsai trees and he showed me a zip bag with moist soil and seeds which he had kept in the refrigerator for several months and it appeared that every single seed had germinated.This person has an array of items which I have purchased a few of as needed and has been very helpful.Also, I had used a Jiffy Pot tray with a heating pad which came with it, not costly and very efficient so I put some of the seeds I had ordered from brand X conpamy and which had not germinated in a bag with damp spagnum and am awaiting the results.The conpamy I purchased the seeds from made no mention of cold stratification, an interesting procedure, but helpful, if not necessary, in getting seeds to germinate.I guess the moral is to take care who we deal wih when buying anything and ask questions before ordering by phone or email.If there is no contact info my advice is not to buy from them.

  3. Annie Marie Peters
    March 3, 2015

    Starting a survival garden is such a smart idea. I love that they are all heirloom varieties!

  4. Ivan
    March 3, 2015

    Oh my, I like this idea so much that I’ll buy my survival seeds as soon as I see them in a store! I like to eat vegetables a lot and I also like to plant them. I enjoy in a variety of different kinds of vegetables, the more the better! I think humans could survive only eating vegetables at least for some period of time. I would be able :) I prefer non-GMO and non-hybrid.

  5. Domenic Stelle
    March 4, 2015

    It’s amazing how much information is packed into this wonderful article. It has everything a homesteading gardener should want to know. It is easy to read, makes perfect sense, and shows you how to do it step by step! I also love the survival seeds part in your article. Worth try it !!


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