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Asked by christinesgreenhouse@myhealthisworthit.com on July 11, 2016
Seed Storage

I am trying desperately to find/create a seed storage system. To date I am nothing short of frustrated. However, I think I have come across a viable solution – the thing is – I am not sure that it will work, or how to make it work to it’s full advantage.

I am looking at:
https://www.amazon.com/Scrapbooking-600-Photo-Organizer-Case/dp/B00OYC9PIS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1468205482&sr=8-3&keywords=photo+organizer

But I have a few concerns.
1) This ‘system’ is made of plastic, so might condensation be an issue? I am thinking that the best place to store my seed organizer would be in the fridge, as I live in the Bootheel of Missouri where it can get pretty hot – even in an air-conditioned house. But it won’t do much good if the seeds get damp and moldy from condensation, will it?

2) I already know that I will divide my seeds into VEGETABLES, HERBS, FRUITS and FLOWERS, but should I organize them further by planting dates? Sun vs shade requirements? Soil requirements? I’m just not sure how to best approach this. With almost 125 seed varieties, I have to have a system in place before I get in over my head – which I am beginning to think I might have already done.

I hope you can give me some tips so that I don’t start or end the season by having a nervous breakdown.
I’m thanking you in advance for all your help.
Sincerely,
Christine
christinesgreenhouse@myhealthisworthit.com

ANSWERS
Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

This article will help you with seed storing.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/seeds/storing-seeds.htm

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Asked by Georgia Brist on December 24, 2016
Seed Storage

Where should I store my flower or vegetable seeds during the winter? In the house or in the garage? I live in zone 5 in IN. My garage may get as cold as 30-40 degrees.

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can store the seeds in a refrigerator or freezer in airtight containers.
The issue with the garage is that temperature fluctuate.
Here is a great article with information on seed storing.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/seeds/storing-seeds.htm

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Asked by Flightchecker on January 16, 2017
Planting Thumbergia Seed (Black Eyed Suzy)

When I plant the above seed, is it necessary to cover or can it be left open to natural light? Your help would be appreciated.

Thank you,
Tony Johnson

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Alisma
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Thumbergia seeds are thought to germinate better in darkness, so you should cover them with soil.

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Asked by reled on March 7, 2017
Clay for Seed Balls

I’m getting ready to make seed balls with some children. What’s the best type of clay to use?

Becky

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Check local craft stores for clay that is used in pottery.
You can also check local schools to see if they would sell you clay from there art department.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/children/making-seed-balls.htm

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Asked by JVC on April 12, 2017
Seedss

Can you identify these flower seeds for me please. Bought the some time ago, forgot what they are.
Regards June

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

I'm sorry but so many seeds look alike that we cannot make an identification.

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Asked by f.gerhardus on April 18, 2017
Seeds

I’m looking for jalapeno pepper and watermelon seeds. I’m living in Holland, Netherlands, and I can’t find very good seeds. Could you help me?

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Alisma
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

We aren't able to recommend specific retailers or companies. But, here are a few ideas: There may be online retailers located in Holland or elsewhere in Eurpoe that can ship seeds to you. One way to find seeds is to contact gardening clubs or societies in your area. Or, you could look for gardening stores or farm stores nearby and ask whether they can provide the seeds you want.

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Asked by Miriam Gamboa on May 6, 2017
Saving Seeds

If I want to save seed from my pumpkin, how far away should I plant them from the watermelon or cucumber, so they don’t interpollinate?
Thanks!

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

1/2 mile apart from if you are saving seeds to sell as pure seed.
Pumpkin will cross pollinate with Acorn Squash, Delicata Squash, Zucchini and other summer squash. 1/4 mile apart if you don't mind an occasional seed that is crossed.
Row covers would be also another recommendation.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/pumpkin/saving-pumpkin-seeds-how-to-store-pumpkin-seed-for-planting.htm

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