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689 of 709 people found the following review helpful
on December 2, 2013
While this is a nice assortment, it is marketed toward the inexperienced gardener and prepper who has never grown food. If you have a limitless expanse of land to plant vegetables, this medley is great and has some great tasting varieties. If you have a small quarter acre lot or less, and you are tearing up every square inch of your yard for the actual survival of your family without other food sources, this mix is not an efficient use of your time or energy. When selecting what to plant for survival, the most important thing is to consider is the space the plant takes up and the calories it contains as well as the storage capabilities. The most calorie dense foods are potatoes, corn, grain, winter squash and root crops such as carrots and beets. Here's my review of each of the varieties contained.

Blue Lake Bean Over 150 seeds - Blue Lake is a fresh eating bean only. Instead, consider an heirloom that is good as a dry bean and fresh, such as Cherokee Trail of Tears (which is also drought resistant). That way beans can be eaten fresh or dried, shucked and saved for soup in the winter without canning. Beans are essential as they are they contain the highest source of protein in your garden.

California Wonder Pepper Over 70 seeds- These are large blocky bell peppers. If you must grow a sweet pepper, grow a variety that has more small pods, a slim profile and shoulders that do not face the sky at 90 degrees. It will lessen the chance of sunscald and damage from hail.

Scarlet Nantes Carrot Over 800 seeds- Plant short, stubby carrots instead, like Danver's Half Long. They will do well in all soils, including clay, they will be less mishappen for better storage. Eat the greens too. They have more nutrients than the roots and will stay green well into the fall.

Marketmore Cucumber Over 150 seeds- Cucumbers are a lot of space for very few calories. If you must grow them, grow a bush pickling variety. Bush varieties take up less space and pickling varieties can be eaten fresh, or pickled.

Parris Island Cos Romaine Lettuce Over 900 seeds- Only grow in the winter in cold frames, or very early spring. There are far more nutritious greens like chard, orach, amaranth, quinoa. The calories you expend growing lettuce isn't worth it if you're in survival mode. Take a multivitamin.

Golden Acre Cabbage Over 530 seeds- These get to be 3 to 4 lbs per head, and does not yield much in the ways of calories. I would very carefully consider your storage options before planting a bunch of it.

Detroit Dark Red Beet Over 260 seeds- Excellent choice

Lincoln Shell Pea Over 100 seeds- Good to grow

Lucullus Swiss Chard Over 160 seeds- Chard is the easiest thing to grow in your garden. Nutritious, it is also the most drought, cold, and heat tolerant of any vegetables and has few problems from pests. If you don't know what you're doing, plant more of this one.

Beefsteak Tomato Over 180 seeds- Plant a smaller fruiting variety. Big tomatoes are prone to more problems, such as hail. It's easier to fail with a large fruiting variety. Any medium round heirloom that is golfball to baseball sized and not prone to cracking is a better choice. Smaller tomatoes are also good for sun drying.

Champion Radish Over 320 seeds- Good. Not high in calories, but quick to harvest, and takes up almost no space.

Green Sprouting Broccoli Over 500 seeds- Low in calories. Only grow if it's a winter crop.

Waltham Butternut Winter Squash Over 100 seeds- excellent choice

Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach Over 260 seeds- Plant this instead of lettuce. It grows early and can be harvested early and planted with something else.

Yellow Sweet Spanish Onion Over 145 seeds- Onions are whole different ballgame depending on where in the US you're located. Yellow Sweet Spanish is a northern storage onion (there are many pungent varieties that store longer). Down South, you don't need to grow long day onions because onions grow year round. If you live in the South, consult a local nursery about the best onion varieties.

Golden Bantam Sweet Corn Over 250 seeds- Corn is the single most important survival item in this can, and sweet corn is not as useful in a survival situation. What you want to get is a drought resistant dent corn. There are many drought resistant dent corn varieties that can be eaten fresh, and which can also be dried and ground into flour or saved for animal feed. Sweet corn is only good for fresh eating.

Hales Best Cantaloupe Over 70 seeds- Poor storage. A morale booster, perhaps, but if your goal is to stay alive...I wouldn't plant very much.

Snowball Self-blanching Cauliflower Over 285 seeds- Low calorie and prone to pests. Again, winter crop only.

Black Beauty Zucchini Over 50 seeds- Don't plant zucchini which is c. pepo, low calorie, and more prone to pests and which has no storage value. Plant Tromboncino or a similar c. moschata squash whose fruit can be eaten during the summer as zucchini or grown to full maturity for a long storing winter squash that tastes like butternut.

Crimson Sweet Watermelon Over 60 seeds- only a little more more useful than cantaloupe, but there are other varieties of watermelon known for their storage quality. Those would be the ones you want to seek out and plant.

If you are serious about preparing for SHTF event, please visit some forums about growing food and practice with a kitchen garden or guerrilla gardening so you understand your local growing conditions. Potatoes will keep you alive more than any plant listed on here. Also, other plants not included in this collection that you should seriously consider adding are amaranth and quinoa. Both are drought tolerant, both provide greens and grain, and amaranth grain is high in protein as well.

Again, I am not knocking this collection for its value or quality of varieties. I'm only criticizing its value as a seed survival kit. People who think they are buying some insurance to protect their families in a SHTF event would do well to consider the caloric needs of their family and look at purchasing 10 varieties well suited to their specific location instead, as well as planting fruit and nut trees.

Also, seeds store much longer when frozen. If you store in an airtight container to keep out all moisture, seeds can last 3 or 4 decades with very little loss of viability. If you invest the time assembling a serious doomsday garden survival kit, you can make it last during the good times by sticking it in the freezer.
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467 of 490 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2011
A wonder selection of heirloom seeds! My seed vault arrived in a coffee type can. completely sealed like a can of soup. The vault comes with a plastic lid as well for resealing once you have opened the vault for the first time. Inside there were 20 or so little opaque mylar bags that were labeled with the seed name, net weight, amount of seeds contained, germination percent, as well as instructions for planting, transplanting, and other suggested care. The mylar bags are resealable like ziplock bags so you can use a few and save the rest. My vault also came with a 6 page guide for saving seeds. This has proven to be invaluable for me! There is a section specifically for each type of seed included with your vault. all the veggies were wonderful and tasted soooo much better than store bought veggies... Highly recommend!!

Contents of my seed vault:
green sprouting broccoli
champion radish
parris island cos romaine lettuce
detroit dark red beet
lucullus swiss chard
waltham butternut winter squash
blue lake bush bean
yellow sweet spanish onion
lincoln shell pea
marketmore 76 cucumber
golden bantam sweet corn
bloomsdale long standing spinach
scarlet nantes carrot
golden acre cabbage
crimson sweet watermelon
black beauty zucchini
iroquois cantaloupe
snowball self-blanching cauliflower
california wonder pepper
beefsteak tomato
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252 of 270 people found the following review helpful
I bought this Seed Vault directly from the vendor's website, and not from Amazon, but I am so pleased with it that I wanted potential buyers to know they'll be happy with it too. I've also bought a seed sprouter, Tattler lids (for canning) and some herb seeds from this vendor's website and and have been happy with my purchases.

All the seeds in this vault are are non-GMO heirloom seeds, which means I can harvest the seeds from this year's garden and replant next year without buying more. The tin it comes in can be resealed, unlike another seed vault I bought that came in a crimp-sealed tin can. We opened the can to see what we got, and decided to try some of the seeds. We grew the beefsteak tomato, California Wonder bell pepper and the Blue Lake bush beans this year, and saved the other seeds in the vault for later. The seeds sprouted well - I don't know the percentage that did or didn't sprout, but *most* of the seeds sprouted. And the plants produced well all summer long. We enjoyed the tomatoes the best - it brought back memories of my childhood, when my father always planted beefsteak tomatoes.

I liked that the seed packets in this vault are made of mylar (metalized plastic) with a zip lock top. This helps keep the unused seeds fresh longer, and keeps them from spilling out of the package once it's opened.

If you like to grow your own fruits and vegetables, and know they aren't genetically modified and are old fashioned heirloom varieties, you won't be disappointed with this seed vault!
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113 of 122 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2012
I bought the Survival Seed Vault, as well as, the Medicinal Herb Seed Vault just out of curiosity. If you are thinking of purchasing any seeds from Patriot Supply, stop thinking about it and do it. I have a small greenhouse so I can germinate my plants early in the spring and get a little jump on the growing season. I germinated seeds from this vault in small individual germination pods in a sterile germination medium. I grew up planting, growing, and eating fresh vegetables from our garden, so I have a few years experience. I can honestly say that I've never bought seeds before with an almost 100% germination rate. The Rutgers beefsteak tomato and the Bantam sweet corn in this package are unbelievable! They sprouted in a couple of days and outgrew the pods in a few days. Absolutely 100% of the corn and tomatoes sprouted and grew vigorously. I also planted broccoli, onions, spinach, green beans, zucchini, cucumbers, green peppers, peas, and several medicinal herbs. All of which are sprouting and growing well. With that kind of success rate, you could probably just throw some seeds in the dirt and walk away, and still have a huge garden. So far these seeds could make anybody look like an avid gardener. I guess we'll have to wait to see how well everything turns out at harvest time. I actually came here to order another vault to keep in my disaster supplies and thought I would leave a review while I'm here. So, if you're thinking about it, don't. Just buy it, you won't be disappointed. I can't recommend this product enough.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2012
I received a dented vault (probably because Amazon shipped it in a box with some heavy books), and contacted mypatriotsupply.com to see if they would exchange it. They immediately sent me out a new one, going out of their way to get it in the mail THAT day, and it arrived a couple days later very well packaged. I will definitely buy from them again. The vault is nice, I opened the dented one to check out the seeds inside - and they are very well packaged in individual airtight bags with good labels. There is a good selection of seeds, and the labels all have detailed planting instructions on them, which I think is very helpful. Overall I'm very happy with my purchase, and VERY happy with the customer service of mypatriotsupply!
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61 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2012
The seed bank came in at the same time as my Katadyn 0.2 micron filter, and I have to say; knowing that I have a plethora of clean water and non-gmo food makes me feel REALLY good. This bank is great, especially for the price. Great diversity of vegetables, but if there was any negative it would be the minimal amount of fruits. Regardless, you will have more than enough to survive. Packaging is great and resealable, and their are unique instructions for planting and growing on each one. If you don't have one yet, GET THIS ONE!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2012
This is the 3rd seed vault I have bought from My Patriot Supply. I have the Herbal Tea vault, a Survival Seed Vault in the old can, and one Survival Seed Vault in the redesigned can. All the seeds in this vault are are non-GMO heirloom seeds, which means I can harvest the seeds and save them for future planting.
The new redesigned can fits perfectly on a door shelf in my refrigerator for long term storage. It is also small enough that I could easily fit it in a book bag for easy grab and go.
All of the seeds are individually sealed and packaged in foil Mylar packets that are completely waterproof.

I planted some of the seeds as soon as I got my vault and I am seeing an excellent germination rate, from 90%-100% on the 8 different kinds that I planted.
Blue Lake Bean 100% germination.
Detroit Dark Red Beat 100% germination.
Bloomsdale Spinach 90% germination.
Golden Acre Cabbage 97% germination
California Wonder Pepper 98% germination.
Beefsteak Tomato 100% germination.
Black Beauty Zucchini 96% germination.
Marketmore Cucumber 100% germination.

The fact that these seeds are all GMO-free, heirloom seeds is very important to me because I depend on my garden to provide my large family with fresh fruits and vegetables that I grow. I can and preserve hundreds of quarts of food each year for my family and I want to know that what I am feeding them does not contain any GMO's. I only buy heirloom seeds so that I can save the seeds from year to year. There is a seed saving guide included that explains how to save the seeds from 17 of the seed varieties that are included in the Survival Seed Vault.
I highly recommend the Survival Seed Vault. I would not hesitate to buy another Seed vault from MyPatriotSupply!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2012
I bought two of these when they were on sale, one for the shelf in the basement and one to plant to ensure the seeds actually "work." And they do.

What I planted: Beets, spinach, lettuce, carrots, green beans (Zone 4). This was my first ever garden and I have no mentor for this endeavor, so I'm especially happy to report that these items all came up when I planted them as directed. The varieties enclosed taste wonderful and survived my hamfisted attempt at gardening. I'm confident they'll be even better next year when I plant them and actually have some idea what I'm doing.

The packaging is superb. If you count the can they come in, many of these seeds are triple sealed by the can, individual Mylar packages, and resealable bags within the Mylar. There is a sheet that gives basic instructions for harvesting your own seeds from your crops and each package has basic planting instructions.

For what comes in the can, the overall price does not seem out of line to me. I would purchase this product again.
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60 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2011
Whether you're a die-hard survivalist or simply an average person just starting to realize the shape the world is in and how important it is and will be in the future to be able to grow and harvest your own healthy fruits and vegetables, this is a great kit for you. Just think about all the recalls and dangers we've seen in mass-produced foods lately, and they're becoming more and more frequent and dangerous all the time! These kits come chock full of heirloom seeds, good old-fashioned varieties that grow hardy, healthy plants the way our ancestors grew them, from heirloom seeds, not GMO seeds that have been genetically modified in a lab somewhere and which we have no control over!

I recently purchased two of these seedbank kits from My Patriot Supply. This a new and upcoming company, and they are really out to prove themselves. The customer service was just awesome. The shipping was lightning fast and the product very well packed. Once opening the box, I was very pleased with the packaging. These come in a very sturdy, sealed metal can with a nice label including everything that's inside.

I did open one can to see exactly what was inside (which is partly why I bought two), and each seed variety is packed in its own resealable bag. Included are detailed instructions on how and when to plant and how long the growing season is. There are also harvesting and seed saving instructions included so that you will never again have to worry about being able to find seeds or only being able to get GMO seeds. This kit teaches you and your family how to raise healthy, delicious food and save the seeds so that you can do it again reliably year after year! The kits can be stored, unopened, for a future date, your own personal food security. I don't know about anyone else, but that's a big step towards peace of mind to me!

I can't recommend this company highly enough. I have no connection to them and receive no benefit by praising them here, other than the satisfaction of helping an honest, caring, customer-service based company grow and knowing I have a reliable place to purchase quality products from. I hope you try them, you won't be sorry!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2012
Really good product and plan on buying more in the future. Comes well sealed with directions for success and an excellent variety.
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