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Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments television segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 25 years of horticulture experience. Viewers from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expands on the information provided in her one-minute TV segments.

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Saving Left Over Seeds

As you pack away the garden hose, tools and other supplies don’t forget about the left over seeds. Proper storage can extend their life - and that means you need to buy fewer next season.

Leave the seeds in their original packet that contains all the information you need to make planting easier next season. Place them in an air tight container like this plastic one. Or maybe a recycled jar – it will work just fine. Seal it up and place the container in the refrigerator – not freezer. The consistently cool temperature will increase storage success.

The longevity of a seed depends not only on proper storage but the type of seed. Eggplant, muskmelon and Brussels sprouts will last five years or more. But use up those onions and parsnips quickly as they only last about a year.

Once your seeds are packed away you can get back to your other fall chores.

Vegetable Seed Longevity
1 Year Onions, parsley, parsnips and salsify
2 Years Corn, okra and pepper
3 Years Beans and peas
4 Years Beets, fennel, rutabagas, squash, chard, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon
5 years Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, eggplant, muskmelon, radishes, spinach
Just a Bit More Information: Many gardeners like to collect seeds from their garden plants to save over winter and use in next year’s garden. Offspring of hybrid and wind or insect pollinated plants do not always grow and look exactly like their parents. The flower or fruit color may vary, the plants may be shorter or taller or leaf color may differ from the parent plant. Some gardeners like the surprises that the collected seeds yield. If you don’t like surprises, then limit your seed saving to purchased seeds or those collected from self pollinating heirloom species.

If all this sounds too complicated, get creative and use poor germinating or left over seeds to create works of art. Yours doesn’t have to be as large or intricate as this seed art on the wall outside a church in Mexico. Just gather the family, seeds, glue and cardboard and have some fun.

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About Melinda Myers

Melinda Myers, best known for her gardener friendly and practical approach to gardening, has more than 25 years of horticulture experience in both hands-on and instructional settings. She has a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in horticulture from University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a certified arborist, and was a horticulture instructor with tenure.

Outside the classroom, Melinda shares her expertise through a variety of media outlets. She has written 20 books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening, and the Birds & Blooms’ Ultimate Gardening Guide. She hosts “Great Lakes Gardener,” seen on PBS stations throughout the United States, and “Melinda’s Garden Moments”, which air on network television stations throughout the country. She appears regularly as a guest expert on various national and local television and radio shows. She also writes the twice monthly “Gardeners’ Questions” newspaper column and is a contributing editor and columnist for Birds & Blooms and Backyard Living magazines. In addition, she hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio program for over 20 years.

For her work, community service and media presence, Melinda has received recognition and numerous awards, including the 2003 Garden Globe Award for radio talent and the Quill and Trowel Award for her television work, both from the Garden Writers Association. She has also received the Garden Communicator’s Award from the American Nursery and Landscape Association and the Gold Leaf Award for Arbor Day from the International Society of Arboriculture.

For more information, visit Myers’ web site The site features regularly updated garden tips, podcasts, a garden club, e-newsletter, books, appearance information, “Great Lakes Gardener” television schedule and more.

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