Originally Posted by HockaLouis
There is an avenue of preparedness that suggests self sufficiency through supplying your own food including growing and harvesting it. I am not, nor are my friends, farmers (herb and vegetable gardens as well as chickens notwithstanding). And we don't want to be. But we could and would have to be under some extreme circumstances that last years. That's why the seeds. That's why the kits/seedbank/storage product availability.
We're not looking forward to it but there could be a time when people have nothing but time for that kind of thing...
Sorry -- don't mean to hijack the "tips" thread and should start another.
I do understand where you are coming from, but I don't understand (and I am not knocking the concept, just trying to figure it out) how one could reasonably expect to one day start growing enough food to support their family under SHTF scenario if they don't practice it on a smaller scale with the seeds that they are banking on for the future. Keeping your seed bank fresh is incredibly important for most plants. Unfortunately the plants that freshness is not an issue with are weeds
I would suggest that one would plant at least some of the crops that you have purchased for storage just to learn how they are grown. Say one row of wheat, a couple of tomatoes, some corn, only a few seeds from each package. Learn how to process wheat when it is ripe. ( I have no idea how to do this myself). My point is that doing is knowing.
On another related subject, today my son and I spent several hours with a guy who taught us how to cut and store scion wood for grafting (with chestnut), then he taught us how to make several different types of grafts on apple trees. I have fumbled around with it in the past with marginal success and I learned volumes today, this will help me to become more successful in the future. Grafting is an art that cannot be learned on the internet, at least not in a greatly useful way. Doing it is knowing it. Oh, and another thing I learned I was doing wrong was using the wrong tools. A specially ground very sharp knife is almost an absolute requirement for the proper cuts. I had been using a typically ground very sharp knife that would tend to cut a curved whip rather than the straight whip that is needed.
Anyhow, great day learning something that I am putting to practice this week and long into the future.