Tomatoes are the most commonly grown plant in backyard gardens, and with good reason. Nothing beats the flavor of a freshly picked tomato still warm from the sun, and homemade sauces and salsas are amazing. With the recent growth in gardening and interest in non-genetically modified foods, stores are starting to stock more heirloom tomato seed varieties, but they’re only scratching the surface of the dozens of types of seeds that are available. When you grow tomatoes from seed, you can pick varieties that are right for your growing conditions and experiment with many different colors, shapes, sizes and flavors for the same amount of money you’d spend on just a few store plants….
Have you ever wondered if it’s a good idea to stock up on seeds, or how long seeds will last in storage? In this post, I cover how long different varieties of seeds can be stored, the right way to store seeds, expected germination rates after storage, and a simple germination test. I also share my personal favorite seed sources and why I like their seeds….