The Q&A Archives: Using seeds from last year

Question: I bought numerous packages of seeds last year in my zeal to begin a garden at our weekend property in West Virginia. I barely got the soil turned and prepared for planting by season's end. Can I use these seeds for this year's growing season even though they are dated for last year? Novice Gardener Runaway Ridge, WV

Answer: Probably. Most seeds will survive but the the number that germinate may go down. It depends on what kind of seeds they are. If this happens again, store the seeds in a plastic bag inside another plastic bag in the freezer.

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