by Linda C Butler
I have a collection of part packages of seeds from last year and I accidentally dropped some radish seeds on the floor and decided that there has to be a better way. I purchased some 4 x 5-1/2 inch plastic bags (try the dollar store or use snack bags.) These bags will hold a couple packages of seeds. My seeds are now neatly sorted and the seeds will stay fresher. Extra seeds should be stored in a cool dry location.
Seeds will usually germinate for several years. To test for germination of old seeds take 20 seeds, moisten a paper towel and place the seeds on it. Roll up the towel and store in a cool place. Check the seeds every 2 to 3 days for germination. If you wish, you can calculate the percentage of seeds that germinated. Plant seeds outside or in flats or trays until they can be transplanted outdoors.