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 – https://www.rewilderlife.com/2022/09/13/roasted-tomato-and-wild-sorrel-ketchup/ 

Seed Savers Exchange – https://www.seedsavers.org/how-to-save-seeds 

Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners – https://amzn.to/3RumrvK 

Seed Envelopes – https://amzn.to/3xbeV0T 

How Long Can Seeds Be Stored and How Should You Store Them? – https://redemptionpermaculture.com/how-long-can-seeds-be-stored-and-how-should-you-store-them/ 

The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving – https://amzn.to/3LN1KsU

Food Safe Silica Packets – https://amzn.to/3fnCtJU

Starting Seeds Indoors: Storey’s Country Wisdom Bulletin A-104 (Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin) – https://amzn.to/3reVnoV

Questions from The Homestead Front Porch:

Peach trees – https://www.facebook.com/groups/HomesteadFrontPorch/posts/5315898295130618/ 

Fencing —this one got a lot of responses already… – https://www.facebook.com/groups/HomesteadFrontPorch/posts/5313353635385084/ 

Documenting the journey – https://www.facebook.com/groups/HomesteadFrontPorch/posts/5316161861770928 



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    Author, blogger, podcaster, homesteading and permaculture enthusiast. I have a passion for sharing what I learn and helping others on their journey. If you're looking for me, you'll usually find me in the garden.

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    An aspiring permaculturist and urban homesteader who loves to teach and inspire others to grow where they are planted.

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