I’ve got a zillion seeds left over from last year and the season is slowly turning back to that wonderful time when I can start planning and shopping for new seeds to plant. But before I get too carried away with the 2015 seed catalogs, I needed to double-check my left-over seeds to see if there’s any life left within them.
Jon’s mom told me awhile back that her husband used to double check seeds by leaving seeds in a damp piece of paper on the kitchen windowsill and seeing if they sprouted. I believe she told me he only waited one night. I did a little bit of research (and by research, I mean pinterest) and it turns out that you’re supposed to wait about ten days and not put the damp seed towels in direct light, but rather someplace warm and sort of dark, like the top of your refrigerator.
The process is so stupidly simple that it feels pedantic to tell you how to do it, but this is how you do it:
- Lay roughly ten seeds in a row or two on a damp paper towel.
- Fold the paper towel in half and put it in a ziploc baggy. Don’t seal it–the seeds need to breath to germinate.
- Leave the bagged seeds towels in a warm dry place. Check every day for sprouting and to make sure the towels are still damp. If they start to dry out, mist with water.
So that’s what I’m doing.
And now I’m waiting.
No sprouts so far.