Storing Seeds for Organic Home Gardening

Storing plant seeds that you got from other plants is a technique for gardening at home organicly. Save and keep your plant seeds for growing at a later time for when you decide to plant.Although there is no guarantee that the seed products would grow from storing them, you can take the additional steps to save them that will enable them to grow like they would of within their own environment

Before you begin saving your seed products, you need to clean and dry them in an effort to protect the seeds from any kind of molds, mildewing or moisture. If your taking your seeds from the organic plant, you will need to clear away the additional matter, like the cob, shell or gel coating from tomato seed. You can save most seeds without any extra needed work, just wipe them dry and separate them from the husk or core. If you wish to plant and save your own seeds, save something that you want to enjoy growing and eating. Growing your own food is an enjoyable experience.  The most popular seeds to save are tomato, cantelope, watermelon and pumpkin.  Even if you didn’t get your seed from vegetables or fruits, storing seed that you got from the garden store will have the same effect.

Seed storage is one the many issues that you face when doing organic home gardening because you want to have useable seeds for next season – store the seed you do not use. When creating your storage area you want to take into consideration the hot and cold temperature and moisture because you want to store them in an area which has a continual low temperature and low levels of moisture. Any high levels of temp imbalances will decrease the amount of time that the seeds will be good for. You can even use your deep freeze or refridgerator because you might not require a lot of space. If you decide to put them in the refridgerator or freezer, the be sure you put them into the back put away from the fan. You want a consistent temperature and when the fan kicks on it will disburse cooler air, just like whenever you open up the door, warmer air will rush in. Preferably whenever you put them inside these appliances, your almost inducing hibernation in the seeds. If you need to store them for long-term, try a freezer, shorter durations I’d use a refridgerator. Do not forget any humidity may harm them and shorten their life cycle or cause them to never germinate.

When you store them, organize them into small packages and place the small packages inside a larger container. This also insulates them and protects them from any fluctuations in temps or any abnormally cold that could harm the seeds. By storing them in smaller packages, it enables you to use what you want the next time you need them. You can use plastic baggies or envelopes – be sure to mark the date and type of seeds they are if you discarded the originally packing.

When its time to grow, it may be best to take the seeds you need to use and put them into a different container, then into a place that is slightly warmer then the place they were initially stored a few days. This is also a good time to prepare the seed starter pots. If you had them in the deep freeze, put them into the refridgerator – if they were in the fridge, put them in a cool place like a cellar or cooler room in the house. This is the most difficult part because you still want to avoid the humidity issue. Not every place is exact and its hard to judge temperatures and how the seeds will react. You just want to have them stablized and provide them a few days to thaw before you plant. Many seeds may do better after freezing or refridgerating, since it copies the normal winter season.

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