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Comment by Idaho Spud on January 26, 2017 at 5:21pm

I received some Golden Cross Bantam Hybrid (su) Corn seeds  today.  I didn't notice the word "Treated" when I ordered, but noticed in the package, it said they were treated with "Thiram, Captan or similar", and they had some red stuff on them.  

It also said to wash hands after touching.  I got them through Amazon because I couldn't find any su types at my favorite seed sites.

I don't like that, but I'll plant them anyway, and try to remember to read more carefully next time.

Anyway, it's been probably 10 years since I've planted corn in this small garden, and I'm looking forward to a taste treat this summer.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 24, 2017 at 7:35am

As they say, it must be the water. Crazy.

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 23, 2017 at 8:39pm

Someone claimed it is the Virgin Mary reincarnated into a hamster....

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 23, 2017 at 3:06pm

Strange.  I'd aim a camera at the hamster and record it constantly to see whats up.

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 23, 2017 at 2:49pm

Speaking of seeds.....years ago we bought an Asian hamster for my oldest son...cute little thing and cuddly. A weeks later, she had babies....7 of them. All grew up healthy and were given away. Another two weeks went by and viola! ...more babies! What the hell! There are no males around yet something is "seeding" her.

And yet, third time around she had 5 more babies.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 22, 2017 at 4:25pm

OR, I finally found Daniel's Blog,

"Growing Greener in the Pacific Northwest"


Comment by Joan Denoo on January 22, 2017 at 4:12pm

Spud, seeds are viable as long as they are viable. Some die quickly, some remain viable for centuries, i.e. Egypt and ancient Inca seeds have been viable. 

To test, wet a paper towel, put a few seeds on it, cover with another wet paper towel. Check the seeds after a day, a week, a month, and if they sprout, perhaps the others in the pack will sprout. No guarantees the other seeds are viable or not. 

When I have questionable seeds that I don't care if they are viable, I add them to the bird seed mix in the feeder or throw in a small patch I have fenced off so cats and hawks can't get the birds as they feed on the hand-tossed seeds.  

Or, I dry seeds on a metal surface in a dark place that is not damp and where mice can't get to them. When they are dry, I put them in labeled jars and put them in the freezer. 

Or, I leave them in the seed pack and store them in a dry place where mice can't get to them. Mice love flower and vegetable seeds and they can smell them as easily as you and I smell bacon frying from outside. I keep the packets in a metal tin, usually the kind in which Christmas fruit cakes come. Be sure to wash and dry the tin and lid thoroughly or you will open the tin to mold.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 22, 2017 at 3:36pm

I've also not stored my seeds properly.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 22, 2017 at 3:35pm

All of my seeds are 2 or more years old, so I've taken the advice of that article and have ordered all new seeds for spring planting.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 22, 2017 at 3:16pm

Seeds: How long do they last?   http://awaytogarden.com/estimating-viability-how-long-do-seeds-last/

I just read this article, and learned a couple of new things.  

I don't remember hearing about viability before.  It says that just because your seeds will sprout, does not mean they will grow well.

I may have, but don't remember reading how to store them before.  They say they should be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer, that moisture is their biggest enemy.


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