Preserve seeds for years by storing them in a dry, tight container

The Baltimore Sun

How is it best to preserve seeds, maybe for many years?

Store them in a cool, dry location in a container with a tight-fitting lid. An ideal way to prepare seeds for long-term storage is to place seed packets in a jar, seal the jar tightly and place it in a refrigerator or freezer. To help absorb moisture, place a small, cloth bag filled with dry, powdered milk or silica gel in the bottom of the jar.

On Oct. 19, my husband aerated and overseeded. If and when the new grass appears, will it be OK to vacuum the leaves or mulch them with a mower? We are concerned about ripping up the new grass blades with the leaves.

Leaves cannot be allowed to accumulate on established turf, much less newly seeded turf. A mulching mower will do fine, the small pieces of leaves adding organic matter to the soil as they decompose. The new blades need to be about 3 1/2 inches before you mow. Vacuuming would be fine, but after the new seedlings have an established root system.

Ellen Nibali, a horticulture consultant, works at Maryland Cooperative Extension's Home and Garden Information Center, and Jon Traunfeld is the director of the Home and Garden Information Center. The center offers free gardening information. Call the center's help line at 800-342-2507 or e-mail plant and pest questions through the Send a Question feature at checklist

* Go to Maryland Cooperative Extension's Home and Garden October Hot Topics online at for frost predictions.

* Fence or wrap tender tree trunks that suffer from deer rubbing or rodent gnawing.

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