My seeds for sprouting arrived in the mail today. I transferred them from their individual plastic shipping bags into 16 oz. glass jars that I have been saving... peanut butter, almond butter, and vegenaise. The one-pound bags of seed fill the jars to the brim with a little remaining in the bag that won't fit. I'll use that first.
After I filled my jars with each seed variety, I lined them up on my windowsill. (Click on the photo to enlarge it so you can see a closeup.) I'd prefer to leave them there just to happily gaze at, however they need to be placed in a more suitable storage location to preserve their viabililty. In the FAQ section on sproutman.com, there is a brief explanation on how to store seeds. "Seeds need to be kept cool and dry. Steady temperature control is better than large swings of seasonal high and low temps. But some seeds lose germination more than others even under the best of conditions. So unless you are preparing for an around the world boat trip, I recommend you only buy enough seeds to last you a few months at a time. Most seeds that you have purchased within the past year are likely to be good. Although you may have heard that some seeds such as alfalfa can last for many years, that is only true under the best of storage conditions. Moisture, air (oxidation), heat, and light are the enemies of seed. When you receive your seeds, remove them from their package and store them in a sealed jar. Make sure there is a rubber gasket to create a perfect seal inside the lid (as canning jar lids and my three kinds of recycled jars have). Keep moisture out at all costs. Store that jar in a dark, cool place. Refrigerator? Yes, if you have space, but beware of moisture in the refrigerator. Only some seeds benefit from refrigeration and only in the hottest and most humid climates. So refrigeration is not required. Freezing seeds is okay for some seeds but not for all." I'm going to store my jars in a kitchen cupboard.
Mar. 2, 2009
Today's mileage: 2 mile walk
Total monthly mileage for March: 4 miles
Bible reading? Complete.