Monday, April 2, 2012

How To Store Extra Heirloom Seeds

Why use heirloom seeds?  Read here why I think they are the best option for your garden!

Do you ever wonder what to do with the extra seeds that you don't use right away in seed envelopes?  Some plant varieties come with 800 or more seeds!  Most of the time we don't plant all the seeds in an envelope in one year.  The best way to ensure that you get the longest life out of your extra seeds is to store them in the freezer.  The steps below ensure the longest storage life.


Instructions:

  1. Keep the seeds in their original envelope for easy identification.
  2. If the packet has been opened, fold the top over a few times to keep moisture out.
  3. Place the packets in a freezer bag and seal.
  4. Place the freezer bag(s) in a plastic container with a lid and place in freezer.
  5. Keep seeds frozen until ready to use.
  6. When you want to plant the seeds, remove the amount of seeds you need.  Wash the seeds in cool water and dry on paper towels, making sure each seed is separate from the other to ensure thorough drying.
  7. Plant the seeds!
*Onions typically only store for a year, while many of the other heirloom vegetables will store in the freezer for 5-10 years.*
And if you plant heirloom seeds, you can save the seeds each year and never have a need to buy seeds again.  (Most of the seeds from the store are sterile.)  Saving seeds is a great step to living a more self-sufficient life!  A great book on how to save and re-use seeds in your garden is The Complete Guide To Saving Seeds.

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2 comments:

  1. Very interesting. I definitely want to get Heirloom seeds after reading about them, that way I can reuse the plant's seeds year after year. :)

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