Save the seeds

Gin Lee
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Save the seeds

Every time I slice into any vegetable or fruit, I save the seeds and pits to dry for planting the next season. It not only saves on money, but it also allows you to know the origin of where your garden seeds came from and to ensure that you will have viable seeds.

Some garden seeds, such as lettuce and greens, survive longer than three years. So, don't throw any old seeds away. Some of them may not germinate, but a lot of them still will. There's nothing to lose in trying and if you only end up with a few seeds sprouting, you still have accomplished something.

How do you know if your seeds are still viable?

There's also a way to test your seeds before planting them.

Take the seeds that you're wanting to test and place them in a cup of water. Let them sit for fifteen minutes in the water. If any seeds sink to the bottom of the cup, they are still viable. If they float to the top of the water, most likely they will not germinate.

How can you increase the odds of successfully germinating old seeds?

The best technique that I have luck with when it comes to germinating old seeds is by making a bleach and water solution. Use equal parts of bleach and water, and soak the seeds for thirty-five minutes. This increases the odds for a successful germination. After soaking the seeds, rinse them with fresh clean water, then plant them in a good soil mixture.

Do not use this solution on the seeds after they have been planted.


To ensure that you'll continue having seeds at your disposal, allow some of your plants to go to seed in your garden. Clip the seeds off and store them in brown paper bags or envelopes and keep them in low humidity until the next planting season.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gin Lee is a native of Arkansas. She studied at The Institute Of Children's Literature. She is an animal rescuer, food critic, organic gardener, food editor, home cook, food blogger, artist, and a complete do-it-yourselfer. Gin Lee is a published author, journalist, and contributor, among other works, and she resides in a rural town, in Arkansas, with her husband, their fur babies, Highway, Princess, Stinkpot the turtle. A huge thanks goes out to all for reading, following, and sharing Gin Lee's articles! Thank you! Since Gin Lee lives in a rural area, there's not much local news to cover. So, she covers articles of interest on how-to's about organic gardening, recipes, homesteading, and survival techniques. If those things are of interest to you, then you'll never (hopefully) be disappointed. She tries to cover a wide variety of articles to entertain everyone. Comments are turned off due to rudeness and hatefulness. The world has enough vulgarity, hatefulness, and arrogance without it having any help. Since having the simple courtesy of manners is lacking and sharing words of kindness does not abide in a few people. Those few people ruin what's supposed to be educational and an enjoyable experience for all others. Gin Lee does have children and young adults that are followers. Potty mouths, vulgarity, and hate are not acceptable. Apologies go out to those of you who generally are very sweet and also to Gin Lee's followers who have been a witness to others being rude and malicious. Hopefully, you'll be understanding of the measures that have to be put into place. Please be kind to one another.

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