Seeds

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Viability

Storing seeds is a good idea -- but one should be aware of best practices (cool, dry, dark place) as well as some guidelines:

  • Artichokes: 5 years
  • Arugula: 3 years
  • Beans: 3 years
  • Beets: 4 years
  • Broccoli: 3 years
  • Brussels Sprouts: 4 years
  • Cabbage: 4 years
  • Carrots: 3 years
  • Cauliflower: 4 years
  • Celery/Celeriac: 5 years
  • Chard: 4 years
  • Collards: 5 years
  • Corn: 2 years
  • Cress: 5 years
  • Cucumbers: 5 years
  • Eggplant: 4 years
  • Endive/Escarole: 5 years
  • Fennel: 4 years
  • Kale: 4 years
  • Kohlrabi: 4 years
  • Leeks: 1 year
  • Lettuce: 5 years
  • Melons: 5 years
  • Mustard: 4 years
  • Okra: 2 years
  • Onions: 1 year
  • Peas: 3 years
  • Peppers: 2 years
  • Pumpkins: 4 years
  • Radish: 5 years
  • Rutabagas: 4 years
  • Spinach: 2-3 years
  • Summer Squash: 4 years
  • Tomatoes: 4 years
  • Turnips: 5 years
  • Watermelon: 4 years
  • Winter Squash: 4 years

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