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Old 04-06-2011, 06:50 PM
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Saving seeds is such an art, one that you can't afford to practice when your life depends on it. I recommend getting a book and starting, some plants you have to leave in the ground to let sprout the next year so it seeds like carrots. In our area you have to dig up things like cabbage for the winter and replant them to have them seed....nothing I would have known without that book!!
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Couldn't expect anything else from you Kev. Since you ask, I have seeds for just about every vegetable type listed in seed catologs (except celery-hate the stuff), usually a couple or more varieties. I buy a new set every 3 years. This year I order over $100 from Seed Savers and bought about as much from other companies. Those are for storing. Right now I am using the set I bought during the last three years. I use the book Seed To Seed (the one from Seed Savers) to keep track of how long the seeds are supposed to last but I find that if they are older at least a percentage will still sprout. I finally put it all in a program I set up so I would stop re-inventing the wheel every year. Love your videos, thanks.
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Yes, blueberries take longer but if you plant raspberries early enough, you could get a small batch the first year. Every year the production increases until they are in full production. I have a few hundred raspberry plants (4 colors, 14 varieties). I planted the parents four years ago and last year I was able to sell at the farmer's market because I had too many.
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Going just by the seeds in my garden section, I'd have a fair amount. Heavy on the herbs, carrots, and flowers, but with enough sugar pumpkins, tomato, and pea seeds for all we'd need. However, if I expand my focus to include my preps - beans, lentils, wheat kernels and oat groats - and bird seed with sunflower, corn, millet, and other grains, I'd have enough for several families.
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Personally myself I'm a fan of the heirloom seeds, seem to always produce better crops with them. Person myself I think most people should have a garden in the backyard right now anyway with everything that's going on.
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So is the freezer the best way to store seeds?

I could make that work now. I was just going to stick them in a large jar with a desicant.
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