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How to safely store gardening seeds for next year

Most of us gardeners at heart (or want to be gardeners!) tend to buy far too many seeds than we need each planting season. There is just something exciting and relaxing about picking out packets of seeds and imagining the beauty of how our garden will look as the months pass. But what about all the seeds that you don't end up using that year? With some quick tips, you can easily save them for next year or beyond.

First, always date the seeds the year you buy them. Some seed companies are now including a "best before" date right on the packets, similar to how canned goods often have an expiration date on them now. So it is always good to check for dates before ppurchasing.

Always note where you bought the seeds. Sure, those unusual daisies might not end up with a home this season, but next season might have the perfect place for them but you need a couple extra packs. With so many garden centers carrying their own seed companies, you will be able to find where you bought them when you need to buy more.

Keep them in a dark but dry place. Think that dark damp corner of the garage or basement is the perfect storage place? Think again. The dampness can actually spoil the seeds. Same with places where there is a lot of temperature fluctuation, especially if you live in hot or cold climates.

Store them in a sealed plastic container. You don't want to discover that some critter has turned your seeds into a wintertime feast (not to mention the problems rodents in the house will bring!)

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