Gardening in Southwest Washington State. Aiming for good food, sustainability, diversity, ecological balance. Learning from tradition, science, experience, and experimentation. Growing fruits, vegetables, trees, and flowers. Growing from seeds, cuttings, divisions, and grafting. Puttering meditation.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
I have a lot of seeds from previous years. There is more planting room this year. I want to test some of them for viability, use them if they are viable. It's early. I can test a few at a time. In the past I used gallon-size ziploc bags, drew a grid on paper towel, and had many varieties per bag. This time I'm using sandwich size bags but otherwise similar.
Just 4 varieties per bag. This is Cherry Belle radish (2012) , Taiwan Sugar Pea (2012), Parisian Market Carrot (no date - 2010?), and Roma II bean (2009). They are all from 2012 so should be OK.
The beans labeled "Ning's Beans" must be 6 years old. A Chinese bean. It will be nice if they grow. Not counting on it.
Scarlet Nantes carrot (2010), Della Fave pole bean (2012), Scallop bush squash (2008), and French Breakfast radish (2010). I think the squash are 2010, no year on label. The others are 2011.
All ziplocs are now on the heating mat. I didn't count seeds. If a few grow, or a lot grow, I'll try them. If they don't, I won't.