This week, we’re going to talk about seed storage, a new novel by Brad Thor, an update on HR 5175, AND a way that you can buy survival supplies quicker.
What kind of seeds to store?
Lots of people email in and ask about what the best seeds are to store for long term survival situations. As an example, here’s one that I got this week:
Thanks for the info.
Question – Dehydrated food only lasts so long. What is the best source for seeds, etc. to grow food? Online? Farmers’ Markets? Country Stores? -Bob”
Here’s part of what I wrote back…plus some more:
Ideally, you want to have seeds from a few sources that are heirloom, hybrid, short season, and long season so that if any of the batches are bad you won’t be wiped out. This will also protect you from early season hail storms, floods, late frosts, and other environmental factors like volcanos that might cause a short growing season.
But that kind of misses the fundamental issue with storing seeds for survival.
In short, you should store seeds that you have experience growing successfully. If you don’t have experience growing seeds successfully, then there are other questions that need to be answered before worrying about which seeds to buy.
You’ve got to remember that, while there is a lot of crossover, “survival” skills are different than “primitive living” skills.
Here’s what I mean.
Survival skills are designed to help you “survive” a fixed situation of known or unknown length. Food storage is a good example of this. So is traditional camping.
Primitive living skills are designed to help you be more independant from other people and, in a pure sense, able to survive indefinitely separated from others. Gardening is a good example of this.
Both are valuable skill sets, especially for preppers who are aware of all of the short and long term risks that we’re currently facing, but it’s helpful not to confuse the two. Primitive living skills, like gardening, also have the advantage of helping you grow your own food during “normal” times.
Back to the issue of storing seeds for survival–Think through the scenarios that you’re planning for. Are you planning for multiple year “primitive living” scenarios or 1-6 month “survival” scenarios that you can simply stock up supplies for?
Again, there will be overlap, but you need to be clear on which one you’re currently preparing for. By focusing on one or another, you will make faster progress overall.
Another question that you want to ask yourself is whether you are planning for a partial breakdown in services or a complete breakdown? To clarify, a partial breakdown could be due to a natural disaster or a local terrorist attack where supply chains are repaired quickly. A complete breakdown could be due to an EMP, infrastructure attack, or other large scale incident where supply chains may be damaged for months or years.
You need to answer these questions to see just how much seeds will fit into the scenarios you’re currently planning for.
As an example, you won’t need seeds for a short term survival scenario. And if a long term survival scenario starts right before your planting season, it’s likely that you will have other concerns more pressing than tilling, planting, watering, and weeding and it may be a year before you get a chance to plant your seeds.
You also have to consider environmental issues. If you’re contending with acid rain, excessively polluted rain, or a water shortage, a greenhouse may not only be a convenience, but a necessity to allow you to protect your plants from unfiltered water.
If you’re planning for an attack on the cyber and/or electrical infrastructure, it means that water will probably be hard to find and you should look for seeds that will grow naturally with the soil and water that you will have available.
A great first step is to talk with local gardening stores to find out which plants and varieties of plants will work best with your soil type and start with those.
As a note, for the first few years, I suggest either buying young plants from a nursery and replanting them OR doing a combination of planting seeds and replanting plants. Why? There’s a lot to learn with a garden. The more variables you remove and the more early success you have, the more likely you are to continue your garden for years to come.
Keep in mind that if you WANT to start developing your skill at gardening, it’s not too late to start this weekend. You can still buy tomatoes, berries, herbs, and salad fixin’s at local nurseries. They’ll probably already have fruit on them and be more expensive than early season plants, but they’ll give you a chance to practice the mysterious arts of watering, weeding, and soil management.
One other thought…if you’re just starting out in your preparations, don’t have gardening experience and have a few hundred bucks available, I’d personally go out and buy a few hundred dollars of non-perishable food that you already eat and a couple tomato or strawberry plants.
This will let you dip your toes into gardening and also give you a good food supply in case you experience a survival situation between now and when you have developed the skills to grow your own food.
No matter where you’re at with gardening, keep taking small steps to improve your skills, knowledge, and gardening area. This is a skill-set that will allow you to keep learning and improving for your entire life. Once you get “soil” gardening figured out, you can progress to hydroponics/aeroponics, controlling light cycles, and changing up nutrient mixes to get 5-20 times more produce from the same amount of space!
A Great New Novel by Brad Thor
One of my favorite anti-terror/military/political writers is Brad Thor. He’s written 8 best sellers, and I’ve read and enjoyed every one of them. A couple of weeks ago, I saw that he had finished his latest book and I sent him a note to congratulate him.
I have to tell you, I was REALLY excited when, a few days later, I checked my mail and found that he’d sent me an advance copy of his new book, “Foreign Influence.”
Well, on Father’s Day, I spent most of the day outside smoking a brisket and reading Brad’s soon-to-be-released book. I’ve got to tell you that it was GREAT.
The first chapter was a little racy for my preference, but the rest of the book was a blast. (Both literally and figuratively)
Brad’s books revolve around a character named, “Scot Harvath.” Scot is a former Navy SEAL who is kind of a cross between Jack Bauer and Jason Bourne. He’s one of the “rough men” who make it possible for people in the US to live innocent lives and it’s great to read about him taking the fight to America’s enemies.
Brad also touches on several sub-themes in the book that were of particular interest to me. Some of them were the frustrations experienced by honest Chicago policemen, some of the workings of underground extremist “unofficial” mosques, new spy-tech gear, the UK’s way of dealing with terrorists, some of the background on the “soft Jihad” being waged across Europe and in the US, and some of China’s plans for exerting control over the US.
One of the coolest things about Brad’s books is that he knows firearms, explosives, and intelligence techniques. He doesn’t call a “magazine” a “clip,” and the fights, shootings, and explosions in his books obey the laws of physics and match up with reality. Scot usually ends up taking a phenomenal amount of punishment, but I kind of like hero characters like that
In short, if you enjoy reading fiction books that make you proud to be an American, teach you a little, and make you want to stay up all night reading them, you’ll love Brad’s books. “Foreign Influence” comes out on 29-Jun, but you can pre-order right now for almost 50% off by going to http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1416586598?ie=UTF8&tag=surviveinplac-20
Survival Barter & Negotiating interview with Jim Camp.
Last week, I told you about the release of my newest book and that I would be uploading an interview that I did with Jim Camp, the creator of the FBI Hostage/Crisis Negotiating Course. Well, it’s uploaded and available for anyone who purchased the book by logging in at: http://urbansurvivalcourse.com/course1/
When I get the audio version of my book recorded, I’ll make parts of the interview with Jim available to everyone, but for now all of you who bought the course have exclusive access.
If you’ve ordered and read the book already, please let me know what you thought by commenting below.
If you didn’t order it yet, you can by going to: http://surviveinplace.com/survivalbarter
There’s still not a page set up for the book yet, but you can read more about this amazing course, as well as some early feedback in last week’s newsletter at: http://secretsofurbansurvival.com/272
HR 5175 (DISCLOSE act) update
In an odd twist, the NRA sent out an email on Thursday morning saying that HR 5175 “fizzled” in Congress. The odd part is that a few hours later, the House voted and approved the bill!
If you missed last week, this is the bill that is attempting to stifle free speech by making organizations disclose their donors and members if the organization runs any political ads within 60 days of an election. The NRA worked a deal with House Democrats to exempt the NRA in exchange for the NRA dropping opposition to the bill.
This is truly a bully maneuver designed to set up a scenario where only newspapers, TV, radio, and unions have a voice when it comes to political matters.
It’s also a bully maneuver to keep people who value privacy from supporting organizations that are politically active.
Thanks to everyone who went to http://www.rallycongress.com/stop-hr-5175–disclose-act–now/ and contacted their representatives last week. We still have a fight in the Senate and I encourage everyone who’s concerned about free speech to use the link above to contact their representatives and let them know what you think. As a note, when the Senate assigns the bill a number, I’ll update the link.
How to get more money for survival gear?
This next section is ONLY for people who have good internet skills and need more money to get prepared faster. If you’re not in this group, please save your time and skip to the next section.
Another thing that a LOT of people contact me about is how to make more money to pay off debt and get survival provisions faster. Some contact me because they’ve been laid off. Others because they just aren’t getting paid enough. The end result is the same, and it’s not fun.
So, yesterday, I was talking with a good friend of mine about this on the phone and he suggested that I share a link with you of a video he made a couple of weeks ago.
His name is Ryan Deiss. If you haven’t heard of him before, he’s one of the most successful internet marketers alive. He’s helped me a LOT through the years and I can’t say enough good about him.
Ryan is from Austin, and this interview that he did is with a lady named Kate who’s also from Austin who has created a $2,500/week business helping local businesses with their social media like Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, & YouTube.
They took Kate’s business, broke it down, and created a step by step guide for people to use to duplicate what she’s done. If you’re interested so far, I encourage you to watch the video and see if it’s a fit > https://touchstone.infusionsoft.com/go/lgs/urbsurv/
As a note, this isn’t a magic bullet. Like anything worth doing, this takes time, effort, and determination. Fortunately, as a prepper, you naturally understand this. That being said, this could be a great fit for you.
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Until next week, keep making forward steps on your preparations, and God Bless!
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