With harvest wrapping up, it is time to start preserving your fruits and veggies. When you are going through the preservation process, make sure you save the seeds. Hopefully, you used heirloom seeds to plant and are now going to be reaping the joys of your hard work in buying the right seeds. All the stuff you would normally toss to the livestock during your preservation process needs to be gone through so you can pick out the seeds. Those seeds need to be dried and stored to use next year and the following years.
Storing heirloom seeds the right way is important in order to ensure they are going to be viable for years to come. If you bought heirloom seeds or a survival seed package, they need to be stored properly. Don’t waste your time and money buying seeds and then not taking the time to stash them away so they are going to be useful.
If you are going to dry your own, make sure you dry them thoroughly. Leave them in a sunny window for a couple of weeks, turning them every few days so they can dry evenly. Spreading them on a cookie sheet is one way to keep them in place while they dry.
Once the seeds are completely dry, you will want to put them either in a Mason jar or plastic bags. Add a silica gel packet to the container to absorb any leftover moisture. Store the seeds in the back of the pantry. If you can store them in the refrigerator or freezer that will work too. If you are going to store them in the fridge, put the container inside a paper bag to block the light from the refrigerator.
You can keep seeds for several years or more and they will remain viable. You may lose some viability, but storing a lot of seed ensures you will still have crops and those crops will produce more seeds.