Storing Rice Seed

Storing Rice Seed

Sandra has a question here “In 13.68 – Traditional and New
Water Polyculture: Wild Rice “Geoff mentions that seed “can be held over winter under water “in jars, or refrigerated. “Please explain how this
would be done in more detail. “How deep is required to
prevent jars from leaking “or freezing? “Is this something that cannot be done with below freezing winter conditions?” No, I mean what it is, I’m
up against an earth bank here in our new development, but just to give you an idea, when you get more than
a meter underground, you get a constant temperature
so if it’s freezing up above right, if you go down more than a meter, you start to get into warmer temperatures. If it’s really hot up the top, you get a meter down, you still getting to
constants temperatures. Over a meter deep, you start to get into a temperature that’s
cooler in a hot climate and warmer in a cold climate. So as soon as you go a meter
plus and your jars sealed and you know it can be a
tube that you’re putting down underground and at the
bottom of the concrete tube, you might go a meter and a
half or maybe even two meters, but once you go down below
a meter it starts to get to a very very regular temperature and that’s a constant ground temperature. Below freezing, below heat,
it all starts to moderate because you got such a
constant thermal mass regulator in the Earth itself. So, you know, air pipes that
are down below the ground can be pulling warmer
air up in cold climates and relatively cooler
air up in hot climates because of this constant
temperature below ground. This happens everywhere on Earth. So, you know, it’s not a matter of being one site or another, I mean you just need a sealed jar, that obviously doesn’t leak and there’s plenty of those out there, the rubber clip jar with a you know, rubber seal and a glass top, where you can actually clip it down. And if there’s any moisture in the jar, it’ll condensate on the thick glass top. There the ones I like, you
can look in at the glass top and you can see through the thick glass, if there’s any condensation like you sometimes get in a watch, not this watch but a normal watch, you can see the moisture, so that means you’ve got to dry it out. And now what I do is I heat the jar up, so I put the jar in front
of a fire so the glass in the jar, the glass jar
gets to pretty hot glass, then I put my seeds in and I clip it down and because the hot air in
the jar, the glass being hot keeps the air inside hot. When that air cools down,
it causes a vacuum seal. And you usually don’t
get any moisture at all, leave it for a while to see
if you do get condensation inside the thick glass lid, if you don’t you’re
pretty well moisture free, she’s all sealed up, get
her down in the ground in a constant temperature and off you go. That’s all you need to do.

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4 thoughts on “Storing Rice Seed

  1. Why are there not a ton of basement/ below ground structures for storage. has the modern age destroy the town wine cellar?

  2. Kilner jars are a trade name of the type of jar mentioned by Geoff – and search online as they are still available new. Double-check, though, how hot that the modern ones can be heated to, as the ones 70 years ago ( or more ) had screw-on lids and thick glass, whereas the modern ones have clip-down lids and seemingly thinner glass. I have one from 1970 with damson jam in it made by my late mother, and I CANNOT get the screw-down lid off to eat the jam ! So if you can't find any other types, then search online for that brand…

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