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Q. Why buy from this garden seed collection instead of another?

A.  Unlike other companies selling "survival packs" of seeds, the Victory Seed Company is a real, licensed seed company.  We do not sell sleeping bags, hand crank radios, MREs or TEOTWAWKI bugout kits.  Our focus is on seeds.  As an organization, we have a specific mission.  We work to keep heirloom and other open-pollinated seed varieties available to home gardeners.


Q.  How long will my seeds last?

A.  All seeds will eventually lose their ability to germinate and grow. There are many factors that can contribute to this - genetics, environmental storage conditions, etc.

Every seed is a living organism.  They consist of a fertilized cell, a stored food source to get them going before they can 'take their first breath' (create their own food), and a life force.  If they are stored properly, most can last for years.  This does also depend on the seed type. Some, like parsnips, are very fragile and tend to lose viability quickly. Others can remain viable for years.

The best thing that you can do for your seed is to store them in an airtight, not airless, container, in a cold, dark place where the temperature does not fluctuate greatly.  Refrigerators are excellent. A cool basement, closet, or root cellar would all be suitable. It is recommended that you do not freeze your seeds.

The worst conditions for seeds are fluctuating levels of humidity and temperature. These variations "wake up" the seed, causing it to consume its precious food reserve. This is why seeds become weak or lose viability altogether . . . they don't have enough stored food left to grow into a plant.

The reality is that seeds die over time.  Even under professional storage conditions of ultra low seed moisture and subzero temperatures, seed banks must schedule regular grow outs to ensure the survival of seed varieties. Nature intended for seeds to be planted, to live a full life, and to make more seeds.

The following document describes an easy method for storing extra seed for future plantings. It is in PDF file format:

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Q.  How long can I store my seeds?

A.  The best advise I can give you is to actively garden.  Use your seeds.  Raise, harvest and practice food preservation techniques.  At the end of the season, after planning appropriately and learning basic seed saving techniques, save seeds from your garden to plant and grow out in future years.  This is the way all of our ancestors did it and we are here to day as a testament to their labors and learning.

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Q.  I am a new gardener and have no idea where to begin.  Can you point me in the right direction?

A.  Wow!  You must really think highly of us to ask such an important question.

Seriously, I want to first congratulate you.  Gardening is an awesome endeavor.  Unlike other "hobbies" like golf or shopping or video games or whatever, gardening not only provides many levels of personal enjoyment (physical and spiritual to name a couple), but it results in time well spent.  You literally reap rewards instead of spending money.  That is, you perform the age old ritual of directly converting time into food.  Good, pure, wholesome food at that.  No middlemen.  No spending your time to earn a paycheck to go out and buy food from the supermarket.

But now that you have made this decision, you ask, where do I begin?  In this day and age, the internet is a tremendous tool.  It is the new "Library of Alexandria."  Use your favorite search engine and search away.

I would also recommend borrowing or purchasing a couple of gardening books.  A couple of my favorites that I refer to are:

Do not rule out gleaning information from the expertise of family, friends, neighbors or even strangers who garden in your part of the world.  They can tell you what works well for them and you can use it as a jumping off point.


 

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Updated on May 25, 2014