Can I use these seeds?
March 10, 2014 6:38 AM Subscribe
Despite the several inches of snow still on the ground, it's time to start thinking about gardening. I have some seeds left over from last year - are they going to be any good? How do I make sure that they're still viable?
posted by backseatpilot to Home & Garden (10 answers total)
We started a bunch of vegetables from seed last year, and we had pretty good success with most of them. However, I bought too many and we had a lot of seeds left over. After I planted last spring, I put all the seed packets in a large zip-top bag, sealed it, and stashed it in the (unheated, humid) basement. The seeds also came with a leaflet explaining how to store the extras which I skimmed and promptly threw in the trash. It said something about the refrigerator, I believe.
So, I have all these seeds which may or may not be any good this year. How do I determine if I should keep them? Should I just buy new seeds? Maybe try germinating one or two right now? If they are still good, do I need to do anything special with them when I plant or can they just go right in the ground like last year?