Thursday, April 10, 2014
Thrifty Thursday: Sharing Seeds and Using Past "Use By" Date
This is what I am doing today!! Sharing seeds with a friend. By planting seeds indoors I get a jump start on my garden and can pick out varieties that normally are not available as seedlings.Sure, a packet of seeds might cost me about the same as buying a 4 pack of flowers or vegetables, so I am not really saving any money until the next year. I know that seeds have an "Use By" date on them but that is for the seed company so that they can guarantee their viability of their seeds to a certain time. The viability may go down after that date, but you can still try planting them. In fact, I started some tomato seeds last month that I bought 4 years ago. So, next year I will save money by not having to buy as many seeds. Although, I like to take my kids to pick out seeds and they pick out a few new things we are going to try. Check out some of the fun things are are trying out this year.
Also, I like to have a planting playdate or playgroup (or do it with one of my kids' classes) so that I can encourage others to garden and so I share my seeds with them and hope they will be providing their families with fresh food in a few months and hope to create a positive experience for them that they will want to garden more in the future.