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First time collecting and storing seeds

I have collected various seeds over the last few weeks, I have dried them out and have put them in little brown envelopes and in a shoe box. I am currently storing them in a garage, is this too cold or should I bring them indoors? Thanks 
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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,457
    No need for them to be indoors, as long as the garage isn't damp.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Unfortunately our garage does get damp but I could put them in my wooden shed which is better. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,457
    I keep all my seeds in the house - a cupboard which is in the unheated back hall. 
    It's not dry enough in my shed over winter so I don't risk it. Hard enough to get seed because they aren't always ripe enough by the time the weather gets into them.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,630
    Mine are in a sealed plastic box in the fridge.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,161
    I keep all my seeds in airtight plastic boxes in the shed.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,630
    That's fine @JennyJ but they'd get too hot here.  The fridge - drinks and seeds - is a constant 4C all year so ideal.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 3,621
    I’ve put vacuum packed seeds in a watertight keg which serves as a time capsule and put in in the stone wall we recently had built. There’ll be there for a hundred, maybe two hundred, years.
  • GearóidGearóid EnglandPosts: 183
    I keep mine in a tupperware box in the fridge. With lockdown and seed shortages, I had to resort to sowing very old seeds this year and was overall surprised at the good germination. 
  • After reading all your comments I have taken them out of the garage as it gets damp, put them in a plastic container in a cold room in the house! I guess with gardening it’s a risk whatever we try doing for the first time! 
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,161
    Obelixx said:
    That's fine @JennyJ but they'd get too hot here.  The fridge - drinks and seeds - is a constant 4C all year so ideal.

    Ideal if you have enough fridge space - ours is just a regular under-counter one and no room for a bigger one, so no fridge space for my seeds :(. I'm a bit envious of people who have space for a massive fridge, or more than one. The "shed" is actually the old brick coal store on the north side of the house so it's just about the coldest spot here. I keep the "overflow" veggies and fruit in there at Christmas if we've got a houseful of people. I think @Daisypic is in Wales (sorry if I got that wrong) so excessive heat will be much less of an issue than excessive damp. A cold room in the house will be fine, but the garage would be OK too in an airtight box to keep the damp out.
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