- Oct 15, 2017
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- mid-Michigan, USoA
My seeds get a lot of drying time, on used cafeteria trays. I allow them to dry until the indoor ambient humidity gets low enough that I start getting "sweater lightning", which is usually about 40% humidity. At that point experience tells me that the seeds have reached the proper dryness for storage. That point usually arrives around the beginning of December, so not long now.
Up until now, I've just cross-stacked the trays to save space. But a couple weeks ago, I stopped by a kitchen supply store (to buy masks & gloves) and scored big. They sell some used equipment, and I found this:View attachment 37550
This rack will hold 2 small trays per shelf, for a total of 40 trays. It won't hold everything most years (14 more trays didn't fit), but it will offer easy access for seeds while harvest is still ongoing.
the low tech version of that is that i cross-stack cardboard box tops. air can get in and out and it saves space. when i'm done we can reuse the cardboard boxes for something else or i can save them for next year. since some smaller boxes work out very well i keep those for sure.
i do not like to use plastic trays of any kind until i know the beans are very dry and i don't put the bulk beans into containers with lids until the middle of December.
for me when we start running the heat which uses forced air so i can use that to dry things down really well that is when i know i'm getting to the dry enough season to start packing some things away. i don't mind giving them extra time to dry and i'm usually doing another sort when i put them away too since i want to catch any that might be getting more mold growth on them. i originally wrote that as final sort, but i also sort them when i'm getting them back out to eat so that is really the final sort so i changed it.