This year is supposed to be our year of no new projects. We want to just improve on what we already have going, so we don’t get caught up in “overwhelm” (can that be a noun?) and frustration.
The garden is one project that we’ve wanted to simplify this year. We’re going to let our main plot lie fallow, and plant in our newer, smaller beds instead. But somehow, we got to April and we still hadn’t picked out or started seeds! (Have I mentioned that I’m a procrastinator?)
When I had the opportunity to review Heaven’s Harvest’s heirloom seed bucket, I breathed a sigh of relief. I wrote the company in an email (and this is a direct quote), “Honestly, it would make my life a lot simpler to be handed a kit of seeds instead of having to go through and hand pick every one.”
So, receive a seed kit I did, and I am so happy for the opportunity to share what’s inside this bucket with you!
I received a free bucket of seeds from Heaven’s Harvest in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
About Heaven’s Harvest
Heaven’s Harvest is a small, family owned company that offers various emergency preparedness supplies, including water filtration systems, greenhouses, and of course, seeds! I spoke with Meredith from Heaven’s Harvest before accepting a seed bucket, and she was very courteous, helpful, and prompt in her responses. It makes me very happy to deal with small, dedicated companies like this one.
What is a seed kit?
Generally speaking, it is simply a collection of seed varieties that are fit for growing in most common garden zones. Heaven’s Harvest specifically offers emergency preparedness seed kits- that is, kits that focus on providing enough protein and nutrition to feed your family in case of a situation where grocery stores would not be available.
There are several sizes of seed buckets available. Today, let’s take a closer look at the “homestead” vegetable seed bucket– the largest seed kit available from Heaven’s Harvest.
What comes in the homestead seed bucket?
Approximately 130,000 individual seeds in 38 different varieties arrive in a hardcore polycarbonate bucket. Each seed type is packaged in a UV radiation-resistant, resealable mylar foil bag that’s meant for long term storage. In fact, if stored properly, Heaven’s Harvest says these seeds should last up to 10 years!
All seeds from Heaven’s Harvest are non-GMO, non-hybrid, open pollinated heirloom seeds. Why is this important? The short answer is that these seeds can be saved year after year to reproduce the same varieties as the parent plants. Conversely, many seeds on the market today cannot be saved, or will not reproduce true to type.
It’s worth noting that for the long-term, sustainable garden, seed-saving is a valuable, money saving skill that’s worth acquiring. For a clear discussion of different seed types, I encourage you to read this short article by my friend Susan.
Things I love about my seed kit:
- It came with its own storage container.
- The seed packs are resealable. (No more spilling seeds!)
- I can save the heirloom seeds year after year.
- Most varieties included should work well in a variety of garden zones. (Scroll down on this page for a full listing of seeds in the kit. Make sure the plants will grow well where you live!)
The only thing I wish were different is that there are no planting instructions on the back of the packages. If you are unsure of how to plant these seeds, you will need to refer to an internet search or another gardening resource.
Are these seed kits a good value?
The homestead seed kit includes 130,000 seeds and costs $249.99. That may seem like a lot to you, but the truth is in years prior we have spent about $150/year on far fewer seeds. (And most of them were not heirloom!)
I found seed kits for less online, but they did not include nearly so many seeds. (Or they didn’t even include seed count!) Similar kits rang in at $0.0026- $0.0033/seed. (A small price, I know!). However, Heaven’s Harvest’s kit costs $0.0019/seed. That is significantly less, especially considering that Heaven’s Harvest is sure to include vegetables with high protein and high caloric intake.
If you don’t want that many seeds, the good news is that Heaven’s Harvest offers smaller kits: The neighborhood kit, with 24 varieties for $149.99, and the condo kit, with 12 varieties for $74.99. Seed packets can also be purchased individually as desired.
These seed kits are marketed as a survival tool. How will they help me in an emergency?
Some people buy an emergency preparedness seed kit and put it on the shelf to save for when the stuff hits the fan. If this is your primary intention when purchasing seeds, you will be sorely disappointed if you ever find yourself in a true food shortage situation. Seeds take knowledge, time, practice, and effort to grow into viable food for you and your loved ones. If you ran out of food before your garden was growing, you would likely starve before harvest time.
However, Meredith and John from Heaven’s Harvest encourage you to start using, saving, and sharing your seeds in your bucket today. They recognize that gardening is a skill that takes time to cultivate. They have designed their seed kits to promote longevity and sustainability:
- Heirloom seeds can be saved year after year. Start your garden & begin seed saving this year, and you will have free seeds for years to come afterwards.
- A large seed count means you have some insurance against crop failure. (Heaven’s Harvest tries to err in your favor with approximate counts.)
- Extra seeds can be kept in resealable bags to be used for future gardens, shared with friends, or saved in case of a crop failure.
- Seed varieties include greens, squash, asparagus, tomatoes, peppers, melons, root vegetables, beans, cabbage family veggies, so there is significant variety to ensure 1) that you’ll have enough caloric and nutritive intake, and 2) that you’ll find plants that are successful in your garden zone.
A seed kit will only work for survival if you have practiced with it. Take advantage of the fact that Heaven’s Harvest’s seed kits are designed for long-term development of gardening skills, and don’t wait for an emergency to plant your garden!
Is a seed kit the right fit for you?
This seed kit might not be the best fit for you if:
- You live in an exceptionally hot or cold garden zone.
- You like to individually pick seeds.
- You prefer hybrid seeds to heirloom varieties.
- You prefer to purchase smaller amounts of seed at one time.
Heaven’s Harvest seed kits might be a good choice for you if:
- You live in a common temperate garden zone.
- You don’t want to spend time slaving over seed selection.
- You want to save seeds for following years.
- You want long term seed storage for your seeds.
- You are interested in emergency preparation
- You value heirloom, non-GMO seeds.
- You like to buy in bulk for the best value.
For this procrastinator, a seed kit from Heaven’s Harvest was a wonderful solution this year. I look forward to planting from my seed kit and practicing saving seeds from these varieties. I will be sure to come back and update how the seeds did!
Check out all of Heaven’s Harvest’s seeds and emergency preparedness supplies here.
I’ve always thought that prepping was kind of wacky. I mean the stock yourself to the ceiling with water bottles, grow a secret garden, carry a gun at all times, and wait for the zombie apocalypse type prepping. I mean, c’mon, when are you really going to need all that?
But in recent years, I’ve begun to realize that prepping is not just for nutsos, and that preparing for emergencies- and even common inconveniences like power outages- is actually a very smart idea.
The first time we really “prepared” for anything was when we took a cross-country family road trip, and camped most of the way. You’d better believe we took extra water for crossing the desert, a first aid kit, extra non-perishable food, and many other supplies. But I never really thought of having an emergency bag of supplies at home.
However, home ownership opened my eyes to the value of preparedness. We have a lot of power outages in the winter, and being without heat and water in -30 degree temperatures isn’t any fun. Then there’s the middle of the summer when your well-pump dies and you are once again without water.
Okay, okay, maybe I should keep some water and some food that doesn’t require refrigeration, just in case. But what are the chances of a real emergency?
Then there was that time I was at a friend’s house- both of us pregnant and watching our toddlers- when we smelled burning and opened the curtains to see thick black smoke billowing outside. We grabbed our kids and called 911, choking as we ran to the car to get out quickly. The fire was from someone’s (rather irresponsible) burning that got out of control outside. Thankfully, the fire department got there before the flames spread to the nearby apartments.
But what if that fire had burned the entire home? Or worse, what if you lived in a region where forest fires forced you to leave your home? What if you had to evacuate because of flooding, like many who live just down the road from us had to do several years ago? And would you be ready if a serious natural disaster struck?
There are so many reasons to be prepared. While I don’t believe in living in fearfulness, I do think it is prudent to take small steps to be ready in case of emergency. We have lots of non-perishable food (I consider this a side benefit of preservation), tools, water bottles, and other supplies- but nothing is put together yet. While we are often thinking of being more self-sufficient, we aren’t always thinking of emergency preparedness.
Where does one start? A simple beginning step is to pack an emergency bag or a basic disaster supplies kit. Another step is to set up a communication plan with your family in case of emergency. You can find lots more information pertinent to your individual situation on Ready.gov.
Why prepare? Hopefully not because you live in paranoia, but because you want to be wise and care for yourself and your family. Emergencies can and do happen out of the blue. Having a plan and simple supplies ready to go can sometimes be a literal life-saver.
Since September is National Preparedness Month, Amazon is giving away a $100 gift card to help you jump start your emergency kit. You can enter to win here:
Be sure to check out Ready.gov for more emergency preparedness information!