Godless in the garden

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  • Joan Denoo

    I ran across this video while looking for something to relax after a busy day. I wonder if there are any old seeds in my shed in Spokane that I haven't brought north yet. The snow is too heavy at L&L Acres to get into the greenhouse or shed. The shed in Spokane has an old box of seeds Dad had. They may be an interesting project if I attempt to grow them. The greenhouse will be perfect for that experiment in a month or so. 

  • Daniel W

    Joan, interesting project! 

    I used the paper towel method for sprouting old seeds.  It worked really well for some 10 year old Chinese wide-pod green bean seeds last year.  Germination was only about 20% and some were distorted but there were enough for several meals of beans and save seeds for this year.  I spread them on a moist paper towel, place it into a ziplock bag, and keep in a warm place.  I also grew some hot peppers that way, from dried peppers that were in an open jar in the kitchen for about 15 years.  I wish I saved seeds from those.  I just sprouted some peppers seeds from dried peppers that I got at the Asian grocery, just for fun but I assume those are new.

    Another video about sprouting old vegetable seeds, Navajo Joe.

  • Randall Smith

    Well, they aren't old seeds, but I just planted "pea shoots" from peas I "stole" from my SIL, Nate. They're sitting on top of my wood burner for heat to germinate. I have no idea how they'll taste, assuming they show their faces.

    I have my "hole" filled up and now will look for trees. I like the idea of a butternut. However, I hate buying trees through the mail. I'd rather go to a nursery to check them out up close. Usually, mail ordered trees die on me. I'll have to wait 'til April before nurseries have any available. By the way, we got an inch of snow overnight!