Thursday, February 21, 2013
Using last year's seeds in the garden
If you are wondering whether or not to use last year's seeds -- or some even older -- there is no reason to waste time planting them in the garden only to realize a couple weeks later that they are not going to germinate. You can check out their viability now!
I happen to have a very large bag of pea seeds that I've had for a few years. They don't have a date on them, and I don't remember exactly when I bought them, so I poured a handful into a canning jar and soaked them for a few hours, then drained off the water. I rinsed them several times a day to keep them moist, and within two or three days, I started to see sprouts!
And what will I do with the seeds that I sprouted? I'm going to continue rinsing them for a few more days and then feed the pea sprouts to my pigs as a treat!