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Why and How To Save and Store Seeds From Your Garden

On this episode of the Modern Homesteading Podcast, Harold and Rachel Have A Conversation All About Why and How To Save and Store Seeds From Your Garden.

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 157 – September 28, 2022

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Topics Discussed In This Podcast Episode:

Reasons For Saving Seeds

  • Self Sufficiency
  • Save Money
  • Preparedness
  • Preserve Genetic Diversity
  • To Pass on Skills To Future Generations

Challenges of Seed Saving

  • Cross-Pollination
  • Hybrid Plants vs Heirloom
  • Annual, Biennial, Perennial
  • Difficulty Level of Certain Plants

How To Save Seeds

  • Tomatoes and Cucumbers – Should be fermented
  • Melons, Squash, Peppers
  • Onions
  • Lettuce, Arugula, Spinach, Turnips, Radish, Beets
  • Beans and Peas

How To Store The Seeds You Save or Purchased

  • Packets, Jars
  • Properly Labeled
  • Room Temperature Storage – Dry and Dark
  • Refrigerator – Make Sure They Are Dry
  • Freezer – carrots, parsnip, onions, and leeks

How Long Do Seeds Stay Good?

  • Depends on the Seed Type
  • (example) Tomato and Beans – Years
  • (example) Onion and Carrots – Months
  • Depends on Storage Method
  • Colder = Longer


Rachel’s Homemade Ketchup Recipe – 

Seed Savers Exchange – 

Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners – 

Seed Envelopes – 

How Long Can Seeds Be Stored and How Should You Store Them? – 

The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving –

Food Safe Silica Packets –

Starting Seeds Indoors: Storey’s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-104 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin) –

Questions from The Homestead Front Porch:

Peach trees – 

Fencing —this one got a lot of responses already… – 

Documenting the journey – 

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