I think the OP was asking about how to protect your seeds in nature.
I think you could take a glass mason jar into nature and keep it there effectively. A blown egg might be the ticket, unbroken end up, up on a little bit of free draining debris inside of a hollow cavity in a tree.
are you talking about collecting and drying plants for seeds? collecting seeds wild? storage?
each would require a different method.
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posted 10 years ago
Yes, i'm talking about storing seeds in nature. Different kind of seeds... veggies, wild, cereals, ...
Emerson, nice idea with an egg. Mason jar is also a good one.
I like the idea of using clay pots, anyone have a tip or idea how to use them? For now i'm thinking of doing some simple shelter and then storing clay pots inside. But i'm not sure about freezing.
posted 10 years ago
"Seeds" is a big category. If the seeds are dry, freezing usually won't harm them. It does depend on what seeds tho, some seeds need to be stratified, that is chilled to 40F for so many hours so they can sprout when spring comes.
Using a glazed pot and including some fresh charcoal as a dessicant might help a lot.
"the qualities of these bacteria, like the heat of the sun, electricity, or the qualities of metals, are part of the storehouse of knowledge of all men. They are manifestations of the laws of nature, free to all men and reserved exclusively to none." SCOTUS, Funk Bros. Seed Co. v. Kale Inoculant Co.
Leif Kravis wrote: unglazed pots will wick more moisture, then no need for the absorbent, IMO
Depends where you are, in coastal areas air is saturated, damp pots would wick more water in than out.
Why are you saving seeds in nature, exactly? If it's wild edibles, they usually self-seed just fine. If it's introduced garden plants, why are you trying to save the seeds in nature?
If it's a back-to-the-woods feral lifestyle thing, maybe look at the places in nature where seed sometimes gets hidden away for years before sprouting, like under heavy duff or forest canopy, or in a dry crack in a rock or cave.
Cool, dark, and dry seems to do it for most seeds.