If you are a beginner, it is better to gain some basic knowledge about the basics of choosing good vegetable seeds, when to buy and plant them and how to plant them in the proper manner. Here are some tips about buying and growing vegetable seeds.
The rate of germination is faster at higher moisture levels than at the minimum. The amount of water in soil ranges from field capacity to the permanent wilting percentage. Field capacity is the maximum amount of water that particular soil can hold. Any additional water will drain out of the soil.
Winter squash can be picked at the normal time and the seeds are best left inside for several months before being processed. Cucumbers should be left on the plant until their skin turn orange and wrinkle slightly. Tomatoes should be allowed to ripen as much as possible, not to the point of rotting, but a little past the point where you would eat them.
The seeds get their last bits of information from the mother plant at the end, so if it must be pulled, pull the entire plant with the seeds still attached.
Once you are ready with the seeds, prepare the containers with the growing medium. Clean the containers and line with newspapers, before adding the potting medium or soil. You may add a thin layer of sand over the newspaper, to promote drainage. If you are using a potting medium other than soil, then dampen it with a small amount of water.
Fill the container with the potting medium or soil and level it before planting the seeds as per the instructions given on seed packet. Next, label the container and water it slightly (if not dampened earlier). Cover it with a plastic wrap and leave it. Once seeds germinate, remove the cover and let them grow some leaves, before thinning (if needed).
How to Store Vegetable Seeds
The best way to keep vegetable or flower seeds dry and organized is to store them in bottles or plastic margarine containers with tight-fitting lids. Place extra seeds in clean, dry bottles or containers and add a few tablespoons of flour or cornmeal to keep the seeds dry. Put the containers in a cool, dark place until you are ready to plant again.
If you have room, the best place to store seeds is the refrigerator. The seeds will remain intact in the refrigerator and most will still germinate, several years after the expiration date.