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I'd like to buy seeds and preserve them for later use. I am not sure if they could be done or not and how long would the seeds be good for?

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Store them in a cool (not wet) dark place. They will be fine. The germination rate will go down with age, but they are able to sprout grain from seed left in pyramids that are thousands of years old.
 

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You can freeze your seeds, or vacumn seal them. we have a bed whare we grow out the seeds so they are being refreshed every year.
 

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This is a table I've put together. It doesn't translate well here, but you might make something of it. It is in 4 columns.

Life Expectancy for Seeds Stored Under Perfect Conditions

Seed Viability in years Seed Viability in years
African Daisy 3 Leek 1-2
Alyssum 4 Lettuce 5

Amaranth 3+ Muskmelon 5
Asparagus 3 Mustard 4
Aster 2 Nasturtium 5
Bean 3-4 Okra 2-3
Beetroot 4 Onion 1
Broccoli 3-5 Pansy 3
Brussels Sprouts 4 Parsley 1-2
Cabbage 4-5 Parsnip 1
Calendula 5 Peas 2-3
Capsicum 4 Petunia 3
Carnation 5 Phlox 2
Carrot 3 Pumpkin 4
Cauliflower 4-5 Radish 5
Celery 3-5 Rutabaga 4
Celeriac 5 Scabiosa 3
Chard 4 Shasta Daisy 3
Chicory 4 Spinach 3-5
Chinese Cabbage 3 Squash 4
Chrysanthemum 5 Snapdragon 3
Collards 5 Stock 5
Corn 2 Sunflower 6
Cosmos 3 Sweet Pea (ornamental) 2
Cucumber 5 Swiss Chard 4-5
Delphinium 1 Tomato 4
Dusty Miller 3 Turnip 4-5
Eggplant 4-5 Verbena 3
Endive 5 Watercress 4-5
French Marigold 3 Watermelon 4-5
Hollyhock 5 Zinnia 5
Kale 4 Zucchini 5
Kohlrabi 3-5

Perfect conditions are: dry, cool, dark, in airtight containers.
 

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You can find a table showing the expected viability for different vegetable seeds here http://growingtaste.com/storage.shtml.
The list may be a bit conservative. For example my experience is that cucumber, pepper and tomato seeds will have good germination considerably longer than shown in the table. But you can get a good idea about what to expect.
 

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I keep mine vacuum sealed in the frig. I've known people who have done this for years and their seeds were viable over 10 years. The germination rate dropped slightly, but not much.
 
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