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Saving Seeds

As you pack away the garden hose, tools and other supplies don’t forget about the left over seeds.  Proper storage can extend their life - and that means you need to buy fewer seeds next season. 

Leave the seeds in their original packet whenever possible.  It contains all the information you need to make planting easier next season. Make a list of saved seeds for future reference.

Place the seed packets in an air tight container such as a recycled jar or plastic storage container.

Seal it up and place the container in the refrigerator.  The consistently cool temperature will increase storage success.

The longevity of a seed not only depends on proper storage, but also varies with the type of seed.  Eggplantmuskmelon and Brussels sprouts will last five years or more.  But use up those onions and parsnips quickly as they may only last a year.

A bit more information:  Don’t forget about your flower seeds.  Heliotropeverbena, sweet William, geraniums and Shasta daisies last one or two years when properly stored.  Impatiens, geums and tithonia (Mexican sunflower) typically last two years while ageratumalyssum, amaranth and yarrow can last for four years.

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