Seed storage. How long do seeds really last?
There is only few times in the day you can find me outside in the frigid cold. One is, if I have any bottle calves or lambs to feed, and two would be running out to my car to get it started. Yeah I know what you are thinking, what kind of farm girl are you? My husband calls me the fair-weather cowgirl. I just really really hate the bitter cold! So in the winter you can typically find me warm and toasty on the couch with a cup of tea.
When I get tired of reading or binge watching Alaska the Last Frontier, I like to skim through my Irish Eyes Garden Seeds catalog and see what I should grow in my garden this year. Once I make a list of vegetables to grow I gather all my seed jars and see what seed I can use for this year and what I should just throw away.
Containers to store your seeds in….
Plastic bins: These are inexpensive and you can keep them in there originally package with a filing system to organize your seeds by variety.
Shoe Box: This is the same idea has the plastic bins other than they are free! I like free.
Mason jar: I put everything in mason jars…I have plenty, they are reusable and you can usually find them at Goodwill.
Wooden crate: If you’re handy you could build one! This would be a really great gift for the gardener in your life.
Ideal storage conditions…
Seed stores best in a cool dark spot. So consider a cool dark basement, mudroom, or closet. Freezing seeds is not necessary but you can use a refrigerator to keep the seeds in.
Celery 2 years
Eggplant 2 years
Herbs 3 years
Onions/Leeks 1 year
Peppers 3-4 years
Parsnips 1 year
Summer Squash 3-4years
Swiss Chard 5+years
Winter Squash/Pumpkins 3-5years
Tomatoes 2 years