Once you have enjoyed harvesting your seeds, you will end up with leftover seeds. By storing them properly, these seeds can be reused in the next season, and produce a great harvest.
Saving your seeds is not hard, but requires an understanding of proper storage. The main tricks of it are tackling with the temperatures and humidity. Seeds have to be kept in a cool place that has a low humidity level.
Here are some other factors to look at for storing your left-over seeds:
- The seeds have to be dry when storing them. The seeds should be dried at room temperature, by spreading them on a large paper sheet or a piece of cloth and left to dry without any sunlight. Leave them to dry this way for a week so that any moisture is dried out.
- Use plastic bags, envelopes, or plastic jars to store the seeds. Paper envelopes and plastic bags work best as they keep the seeds dry.
- Mark each of the storing unit with marking labels and a marker. You should write the name of the seeds, their variety, year they were bought, and season they should be planted in.
- Seal the bags after adding the seeds in them. You can use a stapler or tape to enclose them.
- Place the stored units in a large glass jar or large box like a shoe box.
- Remember that moisture can ruin the seeds, so make a desiccant or drying agent around the stored units. You can do this by placing a tablespoon of powdered dry milk in a tissue paper, and carefully wrapping that around with a rubber band. Place it in the center of all the stored seeds envelopes or bags.
- Store the seeds in a cool and dark place. A refrigerator or freezer works best for storing seeds.