This was sent to me. Thought some might be interested.
Chances are... last year's seeds (or those even much older) will still germinate just fine. There are very few seeds that must be bought new each year.
Since some people are thinking about gardening and some request others "old" seeds each year, I thought I'd offer this information on how long vegetable and flower seeds are generally "good for" when kept dry and out of major temperature and light extremes. Here are viability lists for both vegetable and flower seeds. I hope the information can help someone.
================= Vegetable Seed Shelf Life ======================
These are approximate times for cool, dry home storage conditions. Beet, carrot, lettuce, squash, turnip, and watermelon seeds remain viable for an average of 5 or 6 years but under ideal conditions may exceed 10 years. Cucumber and endive seed viability can last 10 years or more.
============== FLOWER SEED SHELF LIFE =======================