What are the three things that you need for plants to grow? Heat, light, and moisture. Not surprisingly, these same three elements ruin seeds in storage. The key to storing seeds that are still viable for years to come is to create the opposite environment; cool, dark, and dry. As we see in the video below, one of the things that ensures a dry storage environment is to place silica packets at the bottom of your storage container. How brilliant is that?!

Silica packets are those little paper packs of gel beads you find in new shoes, purses, bags, and other clothing and storage items. Save a few of these packets next time you buy a new pair of shoes and throw them in with your seed packets! Watch the video below to get some other helpful tips and tricks for storing seeds. Make sure you’re getting the most of your seeds when you’re storing them for the season. Happy gardening, friends!