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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.

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 19, 2017 at 1:19pm

Thanks to all for the nice comments of our birdhouse.

I must point out that the design is not ours but from a bird house book I bought. I made a few modifications to it and this book didn't spell out all the measurements. We had to do some guesses of length and widths. We did follow recommended hole size for a particular bird and in this case the hole size is 1 inch for Wrens. This birdhouse is our third one. Our first two bird houses were ordinary houses, but this one we decided to explore our creativeness.

For all the size and design recommendations for any particular bird, I follow" Audubon Birdhouse Book" by Margaret A. Barker & Ellissa Wolfson and "The Birdhouse Book" by Don McNeil.

Randall: I'll ask my son if he is for hire.

We"ll be making more soon. Spring will be upon us soon and I plan to take full advantage of it.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 19, 2017 at 7:14am
Very nice birdhouse, Thomas. My bluebird houses are in need of repair/replacing. Is your son for hire?!
My garden looks so bleak right now, except for a few cilantro sprigs. I haven't even thought about my plans yet.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2017 at 2:38am

Daniel, how is your energy staying so high? You do so much, and give me and us so much pleasure with your gardening. 

I'm still a reclining chair slouch. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2017 at 2:37am

Thomas, your splendid birdhouse will make some bird happy and bring you joy as well. 

Good job! Your nine-year-old son has an excellent helper. 


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