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Growing Them in Black Hills


Roxy Hunter starts tomato seeds indoors. She assembles her equipment: a seed germination heat mat (available at greenhouses and hardware stores), a rack large enough to hold the flats, lights and a supply of pots in graded sizes for transplanting before setting out.  
     She has learned not to rush the season. According to her records, she planted between April 6 and April 15 and achieved germination in three to four days. All were transplanted into larger pots twice or three times. The plants, with terrific root systems and compact healthy top growth, were set out (after six to 10 days of hardening off) the first week of June.  
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The 8 Seeds That Can Store At Least 5 Years


While storage methods have a big impact on seed longevity, the type of cultivar also makes a difference. Some of the longest-lasting seeds are members of the cabbage family (Brassicaceae), but there are eight different types of vegetable seeds that will remain viable for about five years, even if not frozen:

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Muskmelons
  • Spinach
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce


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