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Seed Saving Question

Table of seed longevityDavid in Louisianna writes:


One question I have which may be silly, but how long are the seeds good for because the start of our growing season is quite a long way off?


As a budding seed-saver, I don't find that question silly at all!  Most seeds will last much longer than you might think --- check out this story about a 2,000 year old seed sprouting, for example.

Of course, I'm not advocating that you use thousand year old seeds in your garden, but your seeds will probably last longer than you think.  Take a look at the table to the right and consider using those old seed packets to plant your garden next year rather than buying a new set!

Okra seeds


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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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