Saved Seeds- Mistake, Magic, or Mystery
- Published: Sunday, 06 April 2014 10:00
- Written by Donna Murray, Brazos County Master Gardener
Getting ready to plant, I found my seed planting basket. Hidden in the bottom were leftover lettuce packages dated 2010. A warning sign should have flashed-MISTAKE. But, the frugal-to-the-point-of-stupid side of my brain reasoned that plants have been grown from seeds found in the pyramids- so give them a try. With a new 2014 package of seeds and my found ones, I’d compare results. Three weeks later the patch sown with the 2010 seeds looked as pristine brown as the day planted and the area sown with new seeds was MAGIC to behold-and eat.
Of course, you can save seeds, but how they are stored IS important. You wouldn’t keep rib-eyes in the back of the closet so why expect a seed to be viable when stored without some safeguards.