Seeds glorious seeds…

And speaking of germination rates, there’s a handy guide in Knott’s Handbook for Vegetable Growers, 2nd ed. (new York; John Wiley and Sons, 1980) that lists the duration of seed viability for most commonly grown vegetables.  I consulted this list as I assessed my seed stock from previous years and prepared my orders for this year. How liberating it is to toss so many of those wrinkled, shopworn and half-filled packets of seeds into the trash. There seems to be as much promise and hope in throwing things away as in obtaining new. What follows is a shortened seed viability list of some garden staples:

Some common seed viability rates in years:

  • Beans                                3 yrs.
  • Beets                                 4 yrs.
  • Brussels Sprouts          5 yrs.
  • Carrots                             3 yrs.
  • Cauliflower                     5 yrs.
  • Corn                                  2 yrs.
  • Cucumbers                     5 yrs.
  • Eggplant                           5 yrs.
  • Leeks                                 3 yrs.
  • Lettuce                             5 yrs.
  • Onions                              1 yr.
  • Parsley                             1 yr.
  • Peas                                   3 yrs.
  • Peppers                            2 yrs.
  • Pumpkins                        4 yrs.
  • Radishes                          5 yrs.
  • Spinach                            5 yrs.
  • Squash                              4 yrs.
  • Swiss Chard                    4 yrs.
  • Tomatoes                        4 yrs.
  • Watermelon                   4 yrs.

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