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Old 09-26-2019, 11:45 AM
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Because owning seeds equals its going to grow into a huge food source?

A solid garden takes minimum 3 years to figure out what grows well and doesn't. This mythical prepper novel of tossing seeds into the ground and six months later you have a abundance of food is a myth.

Your neighbor wont care and will just kill you for your food.

More of my neighbors garden than don't.

But they buy seed.

I have identified a local herlum "plant and forget till harvest" cowpea that I'm helping keep alive.

And working on warranty and sorgum.
My intent is to "scatter them around" so they grow on their own in addition to my growing for seed
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Old 09-26-2019, 09:19 PM
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I store quite a bit of seeds. I would like to be able to survive one or two crop failures and still be able to plant a garden. "Garden" to me is over 5,000 square feet.

Having that many seed may translate into having some for my neighbors. Wait and see.
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Old 09-26-2019, 09:56 PM
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Old 09-29-2019, 03:07 AM
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The neighborhood has a twice-a-year seed swap. It works like a Christmas cookie swap. Everyone brings X packages of one particular seed and everyone gets one of everything. Most people just put the seeds in little plastic baggies along with a piece of paper with what the seeds are to take to the swap and everyone then gets to store/repackage/use their seeds as they see fit.

Very experienced gardener down the block figures out how many seeds of each item and makes a sign-up list. Everyone signs up for one thing to bring (or two if they want more seeds for a bigger garden because then they'll get two packs of everything). The number of people signed up by the deadline is emailed out the day after the deadline so everyone knows how many packs of "their" seed to bring. Who's bringing what is also listed, so everyone knows what they'll get.

The swap is hosted by the experienced gardener and there's a class and Q&A, along with pizza. Everyone also gets a printed sheet with instructions for the seeds that everyone's bringing.

This year, bulbs have been added to the fall swap, so there'll be seeds and bulbs I've been told fall seeds are generally things that do well indoors, or take so long to grow that they have to be started indoors in the fall/by Christmas so they can be transplanted outside after the last frost the next spring to get any crop.

Pretty much everyone in the neighborhood goes (very lucrative night for the neighborhood teens babysitting the neighborhood children). Those that don't go are either too old or grow huge gardens that they take to sell at a farmer's market and share the overflow with everyone else. One of these trades a canning class at the student's house using the student's equipment and produce (garden or bought) Someone else is now doing this, too, as the first couldn't take care of everyone that wanted to learn or needed/wanted some help.

The working together thing has been growing (pun intended). This summer, a couple of people got invaded by some bug or another and they split the cost of the treatment, so that was a win-win Some of the neighbors are also going in together to get a big delivery of manure later on this fall to save $$$

The best part is getting to know the neighbors
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Old 10-06-2019, 09:04 AM
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Wow! That is one nice neighborhood!

Is this an older neighborhood with larger lots?
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Old Fart, we have the same every spring! It’s been a big hit. The farmers markets also have seeds for sale.

Our neighbor grows corn but we do not. We grow pumpkin, squash, lots of beans, fruits and potatoes. My grandpa is the tomato and pepper master. We all share in harvest and and this seeds. We believe that if something happens to one persons stock of seeds, they have two sets to fall back on.
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Some seeds can be had in such massive numbers that giving them to neighbors is simple. If you think about it buying a spice jar of celery seeds or mustard seeds gives you tens of thousands of seeds to use or give away. A bag of dry beans or whole dry peas gives you hundreds, (and perhaps a couple thousand), too.
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I don't think we will make it long term, we are such perfect victims. Hate to say it but there it is: we will be lucky to make it to 6 months.

I have planned for short term disasters as a result. I do have some seeds but not a whole lot.

My plan, SHTF, they come knocking on my door. IF I open it I will immediately ask them for food. If they see me as a Walmart they will simply come and take it, and I am not allowed to own a gun (mentally ill).

So rather than fight them off (I am pretty sure the ones I fear the most will simply go to the FEMA camp) I will present myself as a leech to them, demanding provision. They will run pretty quick.

NO ONE wants to be saddled with us.
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