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Heirloom Vegetables: Vintage Seeds

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gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

March 10, 2010
4:12 AM

Post #7618019

These packets (four unopened) were found inside a drawer of a vintage sewing machine. I only wish they had been flower seeds. These were all packed for 1970 and 1971.

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funtomatoes
Douglasville, GA

March 10, 2010
7:33 PM

Post #7620120

very cool- are you going to see if any sprout?
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

March 11, 2010
4:10 AM

Post #7620611

Yes, I will try a couple. One opened pack of Carrots actually had some bean seeds in it, so I already planted a couple of those to see if they will grow.
Allwild
North, TX

March 25, 2010
7:26 AM

Post #7654676

That is so neat! If you are able to sprout and grow any of them, are you going to save seeds and keep the vintage going? That would be something!!
IO1
Waaaay Down South, GA

March 25, 2010
7:35 AM

Post #7654707

That's really fantastic. :-) I grow only heirloom tomatoes but want to start learning about other heirloom veggie varieties.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

March 25, 2010
5:43 PM

Post #7655959

The beans were a no-show, but I'll try something else.

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beebonnet
Coos Bay, OR
(Zone 9a)

April 12, 2010
12:40 PM

Post #7700055

Those old seed packets are so neat. Why don't you try soaking your seeds for a day before planting them? I think it helps when they are really old---almost like reconstituting. Also, wait a bit longer on the beans. They may be taking longer, too.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

April 12, 2010
4:39 PM

Post #7700568

I was thinking about placing some of these in a frame.
twiggybuds
Moss Point, MS
(Zone 8b)

April 12, 2010
4:54 PM

Post #7700605

Any serious vegetable gardener would be happy to hang a framed collage of them. A great idea.
evelyn_inthegarden
Sierra Foothills, CA
(Zone 8a)

May 14, 2010
10:28 PM

Post #7794031

I have 2 tomatoes growing from a packet from 1987 that my mom had before she passed on.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

May 15, 2010
4:08 AM

Post #7794183

Over twenty years old...nice. I'm sure I have some flower seeds almost that old. Wish the new packets still had those old prices on them!
evelyn_inthegarden
Sierra Foothills, CA
(Zone 8a)

May 15, 2010
8:22 PM

Post #7796245

Well, now is the time to try it, and know how much money you saved then. If you don't sow them, however, it is no savings at all. I keep telling myself this due to the large tote of seeds I had to sort out at the beginning of the season, as I was in the habit of buying seeds, and just putting them away.

Something always seemed to get in the way of my sowing them...work, health reasons and operations. Now, I am at home and my health is better, well, with the exception of sore shoulders and back from digging and sifting out roots from the soil. I hope that I will be able to continue my garden plans, as I am not getting any younger (68)! I know that many continue to do so in to their 90's, but I doubt I will be able then.
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

May 16, 2010
4:10 AM

Post #7796698

I always buy more seeds than I have room for. I have already started many types this season, most are already out. Then there are those types you try and don't do well in the area...I keep the seeds but will probably never grow them again. I like to try new things, though.
evelyn_inthegarden
Sierra Foothills, CA
(Zone 8a)

May 16, 2010
8:18 AM

Post #7797255

Sometimes it is not the seeds but the year. At times some years are better than others for certain varieties, so that might give you a reason to try them again.

Do you have a large tote of seeds like I do? Or do you have a place to put them so you can get at them easily? I had a large tote, then broke them down into categories of types, then start dates, as I knew little about these before. Then I put the different groups into smaller boxes accordingly.

gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

May 16, 2010
2:33 PM

Post #7798191

No, sometimes certain plants don't so well in my location...like I LOVE California poppies, and try them every year, but rarely get one to live long enough to flower. I keep my seeds in a plastic tote, which I periodically go through and clean out. I used to keep my seeds in the refrigerator, I do think they keep longer that way...but I have too many now.
evelyn_inthegarden
Sierra Foothills, CA
(Zone 8a)

May 16, 2010
3:00 PM

Post #7798286

Try sowing your Cal Poppies in winter. That might work for you...or did you already try that?
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

May 16, 2010
3:33 PM

Post #7798401

Every winter. They won't grow here in the summer at all.
evelyn_inthegarden
Sierra Foothills, CA
(Zone 8a)

May 16, 2010
4:35 PM

Post #7798632

Sorry! Do you want to trade them to me? Maybe I might have something of interest. I have so many, I have not yet made a list on DG. Annuals, perennials, veggies...
gardenpom
Melbourne, FL

May 16, 2010
4:43 PM

Post #7798662

One of these days soon I will go through my seeds and see exactly what I want and don't want, and then I will let you know. I'd rather someone who can use them have them.

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