My Patriot Supply Survival Seed Vault

Review: My Patriot Supply Survival Seed Vault

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  Survival Seed Vault My Patriot SupplyThere are currently two products on the market called Survival Seed Vault, one by My Patriot Supply and the other by Heirloom Organics. My Patriot Supply, like other companies which offer seed banks, sells other survival gear, water filtration systems, home canning equipment and similar items.  The Survival Seed Vault offered by My Patriot Supply is a rather small vegetable seed bank: there are 20 varieties of hardy seeds packed in a air tight metal container for long term storage, but there are only 100-500 seed of each vegetable.

When I ordered this Survival Seed Vault, it came in an coffee type can, completely sealed like a can of soup. There is a plastic lid on top, which is very useful because it can be resealed after opening it. All seeds are 100% heirloom non GMO seeds which means they can be harvested and replanted next year, and are packed in triple-layered seed packets which are resealable and reusable (like ziplock bags), which is quite important feature. These little mylar bags are labeled with the seed name, weight, seed amount and germination percent. With the seed vault you get a  step-by-step instructions on planting and harvesting seeds (6 pages) , which is a nice touch.

Seeds Included:
Blue Lake Bush Bean (over 150 seeds)
California Wonder Bell Pepper (over 70 seeds)
Scarlet Nantes Carrot (over 800 seeds)
Marketmore Cucumber (over 150 seeds)
Parris Island Cos Romaine Lettuce (over 900 seeds)
Golden Acre Cabbage (over 530 seeds)
Detroit Dark Red Beet (over 260 seeds)
Lincoln Shell Sweet Pea (over 100 seeds)
Lucullus Swiss Chard (over 160 seeds)
Beefsteak Tomato (over 180 seeds)
Champion Radish (over 320 seeds)
Green Sprouting Broccoli (over 500 seeds)
Waltham Butternut Winter Squash (over 100 seeds)
Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach (over 260 seeds)
Yellow Sweet Spanish Onion (over 145 seeds)
Golden Bantam Sweet Corn (over 250 seeds)
Hales Best Cantaloupe (over 70 seeds)
Snowball Cauliflower (over 285 seeds)
Black beauty Zucchini (over 50 seeds)
Crimson Sweet Watermelon (over 60 seeds)

All in all, not a bad selection of “finest heirloom seeds” which would allow you to grow a hearty and robust survival garden in crisis. My Patriot Supply offers a nice assortment of seeds, but this seed vault is in my opinion marketed toward less experienced gardeners, and not really suited for preppers, or to be used as the only food source for your family.  When I planted the seed from this seed vault, most of the seed sprouted – I don’t know the exact percentage of seeds that did or did not sprout, but most of them sprouted and plants produced nice crops during the summer. However, I would like to see bigger quantities of each seeds, and the fact that there is only one variety of each vegetable doesn’t make me happy. I would gladly give up some seeds from this mix (like Cantaloupe, Radish  and Watermelon) in exchange for more tomato varieties, maybe some potatoes, root crops and other highly nutrition vegetables.

This Survival Seed Vault is one of the cheapest on the market, but if you only have a small backyard garden (or even quarter of a acre) I feel this isn’t the right choice for you. When planting a survival garden, it is important to consider how much space the plants take up, the calories it contains and how well the crop can be stored. With that in mind, it seems that this mix is not the most efficient use of your energy, time and garden space. Also, I’m not convinced that the metal container is the right choice for long term storage, as it could be affected by rust.  I am not knocking this seed mix for its value or quality of vegetable varieties, I’m only criticizing its value as a seed survival kit.

If your plan is to buy this survival seed vault for planting, go ahead, but for long term storage, look for other seed banks.