Seed Trading forum: Dividing up seeds

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ImageRickCorey
Dec 16, 2013 6:48 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
I use card stock or a big index card, and twist it into a cone-shape. Then I tape it. If the cone is pointy enough and elongated enough it can be pushed all the way into a 2x3 Ziploc.

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I have 4 cutoff pill bottles weighted down with pennies and nickles.
I put a paper cone funnel into a 2x3 Ziploc, and push that into the pill bottle.
That supports the Ziploc and paper funnel, hands-free.

In fact, I park 4 pill bottles into a little tray cut from a box of Ritz crackers. That also helps support them. I line up 4 Ziplocs and four paper tunnels all at the same time.

That way, I have two hands free for the slinging of seeds across the carpet.

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I have various measuring gadgets. I like gadgets!


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This curvy glass is not only a crude graduated cylinder, the bulge is good for counting seeds. I hold it almost horizontal, then scoop 4-20 seeds into the bulge part. Then I can use the small spoon to pull them a few at a time over the rim and into a tray, counting as I go. I think the glass also gives a bit of magnification.

But usually I try to avoid counting. I figure out a scoop size that makes up the desired number of seeds, then just use that scoop.

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Actually, I usually divide up my seeds into trade-size pkts as soon as they arrive fro the seed vendor. I enjoy printing up the labels and stuffing them.



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Imagegreene
Dec 16, 2013 7:14 PM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Rick,
Although you once explained your method to me, I must say this picture tutorial is much easier to understand. I also know that if I ever visit your home there is a good chance I may get some Ginger snap cookies - ahah - I see the box in the photo!

Let's hope more people will share their methods.
Imageilovejesus99
Dec 16, 2013 7:36 PM CST
Name: Sandy
Texas 9b
I have a lot of different methods depending on the seeds. If they are really small I just take a pinch of them.larger seeds I can use the plastic pill cups or at McDonald's I snatched up some of the paper ketchup cups. I will set them out maybe 15-20 and count out the seeds into each one whether 5, 10, or 15 and so on. Then I open the small zip lock type bags and pour them in. Once I have dumped all of them I start over.

Rick I also love gadgets and don't have as many as I would like but in the future I am adding to them. My elderberry seeds this year I dried out and some of the berries dried whole and evry tight and others I could pick out of the chaff. The ones that dried whole probably have 3-5 seeds in them and the ziplocks with the tiny seeds have 10+ in them. I do use pill bottles to store seeds in and just about any small container with a lid I can find.

For drying seeds I have collected at Thanksgiving alot of cardboard flats that soup and canned veggies were on. The lady at Kroger's was thrilled and said I made the shelves look great and take all I wanted. That way once they stain or get too messy I can throw them out. I was using plastic trays but the cardboard helps soak up some of the liquid so they dry faster. I am going back to Krogers for Christmas shopping and hope to get more. No if I could find my ziplock 2"X3" cheaper than $1 dollar a hundred that would be great. I am almost out again. Whistling
Imagestarlight1153
Dec 17, 2013 4:28 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Thanks for posting the pics Corey. That looks so easy for when you want to make a bunch of envies.

(p.s. Pass me a cracker with cheese will ya? Rolling on the floor laughing )

Going to make this thread a sticky so it won't get lost and other folks can see and add their methods to it too. Big Grin
Imageilovejesus99
Dec 17, 2013 10:36 AM CST
Name: Sandy
Texas 9b
I agree
ImageRickCorey
Dec 17, 2013 7:02 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
I should have set up a game, "find five embarrassing things on my living room table!

Sandy said:
>> cardboard flats that soup and canned veggies were on. ...
>> I was using plastic trays but the cardboard helps soak up some of the liquid so they dry faster.

I agree that paper absorbs water! I might add that, after the cardboard has absorbed all it can, switch out that damp tray for a dry one. Park the damp one over a heating vent, and soon it will be crispy dry again.

Any kind of paper, including corrugated cardboard and brown paper bags, can act like a gentle desiccant when dry, or as a SOURCE of dampness once wet.

I usually dry seeds in paper envelopes save4d from my bills and ads.
http://allthingsplants.com/ideas/view/RickCorey/1568/Dry-Sav...

And I use silica gel to get them really dry enough for LONG-term storage.
http://allthingsplants.com/ideas/view/RickCorey/649/Silica-G...

If I have a soggy seedhead, I put a coffee filter over it, and one under it, then I press that bundle between layers of towels.

Suppose you have some mostly-dry seeds in PAPER envelopes like coin envelopes. I mean air-dry, like 40-60%RH. You can seal those into a freezer bag (or maybe even a cheaper gallon Ziploc) But seal some desiccant in with the seeds! The paper envelope lets the desiccant "suck" more water out until your seeds are at 30% RH, or even better 15-20% RH. They will store MUCH longer with good viability if much drier than room air.

But you need a good seal, like a freezer bag or a good screw-cap jar, to keep the atmosphere away from the desiccant. Otherwise it is exhausted, trying to dry all the air in your neighborhood.

If you freeze your seeds to kill bugs, consider drying them with desiccant first. At least seal them inside 1-2 gallon Ziploc bags first, so that condensation does not condense on your seed pkts and make them soggy! Once they have warmed all the way to room temp, they don't need to stay inside the freezer bags, unless you store them with desiccant.

Imageilovejesus99
Dec 18, 2013 8:48 AM CST
Name: Sandy
Texas 9b
Quoting:I agree that paper absorbs water! I might add that, after the cardboard has absorbed all it can, switch out that damp tray for a dry one. Park the damp one over a heating vent, and soon it will be crispy dry again.
Our vents are in the ceiling :) I also occasionally shake the box flat cardboard box when I walk by. It also helps to dry the seeds and keep separated.

I also keep small boxes from the smallest I can find to allow seeds to dry and the ones that throw their seeds to do it in there or in a paper bag. I have a really tall vase (about 26" tall) I drop wild poinsettia seeds in. I learned however I must put something on the top as they tend to jump out.
ImageRickCorey
Dec 19, 2013 9:12 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
I haven't had to deal with any jumping seeds yet. That must be exciting I think my cat would have a nervous breakdown.

>> I also occasionally shake the box flat cardboard box when I walk by. It also helps to dry the seeds and keep separated.

Very good idea! I seldom have so much seed that it forms a thick layer or big pile. But when I dry a moderate amount of seed in a 9" x 4" envelope, and they all pile up in the 9" crease, I also shake it several times per day to help it dry before mold strikes.

>> Our vents are in the ceiling

Rolling on the floor laughing

You could always hang flats from the vents. (silly face)

Preferably at eye level, of course!
You could make an obstacle course for anyone trying to dodge the crossfire from your jumping seeds.

say, do you have a problem with seeds getting stuck in the folds and flaps of those cardboard flats? The thought that I'm probably mixing different seeds when I re-use a box bothers me. I can never believe that I got them ALL out.


Imagetcs1366
Dec 26, 2013 4:43 PM CST
Name: Terese
Leesburg, FL zone9b
Wisconsin Dells Area, zone4
I tend to use the "pinch" and "smidge" teaspoons I got as a little gift from a seed swapper one year. Those spoons come in handy.
Terese -- Leesburg, FL & Lake Delton, Wi
My Email is my userID at hotmail.com

ImageRickCorey
Jan 3, 2014 8:57 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
I agree! I think I use the 1/16th, 1/12th and 1/8th tsp spoons the most. Brassicas have relatively big seeds.

Someone compiled this list, I don't know if it's true. But my "dash" is definitely smaller than a 1/8th tsp from another vendor.

Norpro
http://www.amazon.com/Norpro-3080-Measuring-Spoons-Piece/dp/...

TAD = 1/4 tsp
DASH = 1/12 tsp not 1/8 tsp
PINCH = 1/16 tsp
SMIDGEN = 1/32 tsp
DROP = 1/64 tsp

I've made some scoops smaller than 1/64th tsp for VERY small seeds, but it is too easy to drop seeds from them, or catch them on something and fling the seeds into the air "SPROING OING OING".

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Imageilovejesus99
Jan 12, 2014 4:08 PM CST
Name: Sandy
Texas 9b
Thanks Rick I just ran over to see these Norpro at Amazon and then to ebay and bought 2 sets http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-NORPRO-5-pc-Mini-Measuring-Spoon... for 5.25 each and free shipping. You are such an enabler.

For my jumping seeds it was my Evergreen Wisteria and I had them on the kitchen bar. I kept hearing a pop and it was driving me crazy but had no idea or could find anything. I walked into the dining room and saw a couple seeds on the floor and after looking closely the pea shape pods when dry had twisted like a curlyQ and the seeds were flying everywhere. I finally got a shoe box and couldn't help but chuckle when the louder pop kept happening. Now I make sure they ate in something with a lid. This last year my DGD's loved listening to them pop in the shoe box.

I like the eye level concoction for my vents. I can put pulley's and hoist them higher and out of the way during the time of the year they are not needed. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing You know that would be good exercise ducking the seeds as they fly. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
ImageRickCorey
Jan 21, 2014 7:24 PM CST
Name: Rick Corey
Pacific NorthWet Zone 8a
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I love it! I wish I had something like that, for guests.

"I didn't hear anything. Are you OK?"

"It wasn't ME! Are YOU making little "ping" and "pop" noises?"

I've read about a tiny electronic device intentionally built to annoy people. It makes small noises at random intervals, and is very hard to find. Like a cricket.

The idea is to hide it in someone's room to drive them crazy. Naughty technology!

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