Has anyone had any experience drying out seeds from their garden and planting them the next season?
Kaytee: I often have seeds leftover because I'm a fanatic about buying new varieties each year, so I make sure (always using dry hands) to keep them in the original package, then put that in a baggie, and then in a seal-a-meal bag. I've had some last for 8 years!
Garden box gardening works great! We planted our first garden this year. With some trial and error we will figure out what's best and Lord willing, start storing some of our yield.
That is so great! I like to hear about how the food/seeds that have been stored actually keep. Very good to know they are as fresh as advertised.
After looking at your planter boxes I noticed you used pressure treated wood. I would like to ofer a tip of using ceader lumber instead that way you won't have to worry about the chemicals leaching into the soil over time and possibly affecting your plants and cedar is somewaht impervious to insects that like to eat wood.
lt's wonderful to hear your garden is "just ta happening"thanks for the photos too .
We too this family are growing a much bigger garden this year to "put food up"
l recieved my canner the other week and l have approx 300 jars.
We should be having our local strawberries coming in , in approx 2 wks .
All my seeds are coming up .
lm so excited .
eastern Ontario Can.
A seed story of different outcome: We had a total-loss house fire in July, 2004 with a few Emergency Essentials boxes of #10 cans surviving in the basement corner (unsure how much heat exposure, but the cardboard was not toasted). Taken to the barn, stayed there for 2.5 midwestern years until new house built. No seeds sprouted the following year in testing!
So, the moral is, don't let your #10 cans of seeds get warmed!
The replacement #10 cans are in the basement again to stay cool. I do appreciate the "keep in fridge or freezer" advice too—didn't know freezing would not harm the seeds!
I, too, just opened my can of seeds that had sat on the shelf for five years. There were enough seeds to share with my two daughters and all three of us are now eating fresh peas from our own garden. We still have tons of seeds so I am going to expand my garden now. I think the frost got some of mine but I have other veggies popping up! Both daughters are thrilled to death with gardening. One daughter has carrots and radishes ready, too. We all tried raised gardens this year so the work would be minimal and it is a big success. Great idea to put seeds sealed in a can.
The details depend on the variety, of course, but seeds are pretty remarkable. The big thing seems to be keeping them dry – any kind of moisture and all kinds of bad things can happen from rot to premature sprouting. If they're old and they look OK they probably are OK – or even if a few are dead usually people overplant anyway. Just means less thinning later!
On April 10th I planted 10 YEAR OLD SEEDS. We bought them four states and seven moves ago. They were found in a box last year when I put them in the refridgerator…. yes some of the are now the beginnings of my very first garden. At 40 yrs old and in the middle of a depression I decided it was definately worth an effort, after 3 weeks of wondering 2 bean plants and 3 tomatoe plants sprouted. I was like a kid again so my husband went out and purchased some ocra, zucchini, roma's, bean, seedless cucumber, cabbage and cauliflower plants that were already established. We then planted raddish and carrot seeds. WOW!!! 6 weeks later an amazing thing happened… we are know approaching our first full garden soup. I've already made a raddish soup(very tasty) but I hope to have a full homegrown soup within the next week! Gardens are amazing miracles of God… enjoy his fruits of your labor any chance you get!!!
I'd also like to know how to "pack" my own seeds! Would putting them in a vacuum-sealed baggie (Food Saver type) work? Or in a plastic container with an oxygen absorber pack?
That is great! I'd love to hear how to can garden seeds on my own.
Thanks Tammy – I’ll be planting some corn next so stay tuned….It’s amazing how much the garden changes from week to week. I’ll snap a few more shots and post them in a week. This is the first garden that has actually turned out for us. Maybe I have some green in my thumb afterall.
What a great start to your garden. The planting boxes look wonderful. I hope to see an update when the veggies start showing up!