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I work in a chemistry lab and we have hundreds if not thousands of different tests that we run. And we use standards for all of these tests. We store our standards in 20 mL glass scintillation vials, basically a small glass vial with screw cap. Then I thought why not organize and store seeds for my garden with this system? We basically use the cardboard containers that the vials come in and label them as "Box 1", and on one side, "A B C" and the other side "1 2 3". So for example my radish seeds will be in Box 1, location C2. Then we organize everything in an Excel spreadsheet on the computer so even with tens of thousands of standards we can search for our particular standard and find it within seconds.

I just bought a box of 500 glass vials on E-bay for about $130 with shipping included. This is five flats of vials, enough to store plenty of seeds for tough times. I don't have the time to start a garden right now but I have money to stock up on seeds. When things get tough I'm guessing I'll have plenty of time to grow that food.

Here's what the vial trays look like. They come in boxes of five trays, perfect for organizing and storing your seeds for your present or future gardens. If you want to go the cheaper route you can get five flats (500 vials) of clear plastic vials for about a hundred bucks with free shipping:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wheaton-9867...item231a7a1671

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What do the vials themselves look like? Can you freeze them? I don't know of many seeds that do well when exposed to light or heat. If the vials are clear glass, it might pay to paint them opaque.

Good idea, though. In the past, I've just used labeled ziplocs in mason jars in a box waaaay back in a dark part of a cupboard.
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The vials look like this and have two different cap bottoms. At work we use the inverted plastic 'V', but I bought the foil liners that are cheaper. The best place to keep them is in a freezer. I looked up the national seed storage site and they say seeds kept in the freezer will last a hundred years. The colder the better, and in liquid nitrogen they will last a thousand years, all seeds will still be viable. No need to protect from light if you keep them in the freezer and just open the door once in awhile. You can also keep them in the original cardboard box which will keep them in the dark, all but the time you dig out a few seeds. I like the clear vials because I can see if there's a problem with the seeds such as mold.

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I just use empty baby food jars and envelopes. Keep them all in the basement and I have never had a problem. $130.00 I can spend somewhere else. But if you are not using your seed all the time like I am, then I guess it would be good for long term storage in the freezer.
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I just use empty baby food jars and envelopes. Keep them all in the basement and I have never had a problem. $130.00 I can spend somewhere else. But if you are not using your seed all the time like I am, then I guess it would be good for long term storage in the freezer.
I started out with a whole drawer full of envelopes and packets. The only problem is sometimes they fall out of the corners of the envelopes and get all mixed up. And sometimes they get crushed, especially the smaller seeds. And with no organization I'm constantly sorting through all my packets to find the right one. With a box of these vials I can store 500 different kinds of seeds, kind of a 'seed bank'. It will be more of a hobby than anything. And when society falls apart and barter is the only medium left I'll have lots of seeds to trade as well. Of course it's going to cost you a chicken for a few seeds LOL.

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