I rarely plant a full packet of seeds these days, my garden just isn't big enough and there are just the two of us eating from the garden. I plant a lot of tomato plants but I like a couple of plants of several varieties rather than a dozen of one kind.
The best way to store unused seeds is to keep them in their original packets. You'll know exactly what variety they are and what year they were packed (the date will be on the packet, something like "packed for 2017"). The packet also has all that great planting information printed on it too.
Be sure your seeds are dry before storing them; moisture will lead to mold.
Put all your packets inside zippered plastic bags and then store in the refrigerator. Since the temperature and humidity level both rise every time you open the refrigerator door, it's best to put your seeds in the back corner of the lowest shelf, where the temperature will be the most stable. Place a packet of dessicant, some uncooked rice or a tablespoon of powdered milk in each bag of seed packets to absorb moisture.
Some types of seeds will remain viable for up to five years, but the best way to keep seeds is to plant them yearly and save the seeds from those plants at the end of the season.
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