So, we’ve all seen the inflation problems hit grocery stores pretty hard lately. Feeding ourselves has become expensive (that’s related to the “average” North American) but it’s been getting even more costly for those of us already feeling the pinch at the grocery store. This is why it’s so important now, more than ever to start growing what you can where you can. If you’re anything me and collect seeds. You will also need to do occasional germination testing.
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Prices aren’t going to be getting any cheaper any time soon. So start to grow your own fruits and vegetables (whatever you can afford) now. Is what’s going to save you some stress and worry in the future. That’s why we always need to be keeping an eye on our seeds. If you buy seeds from the dollar store as I have, are given seeds, or feel like your seeds are not producing well. Germination tests will help save your sanity. I swear by it.
Germination Testing Steps
The first thing you need to do for germination testing is grab the following:
In this test, each seed will equate to 10%. This means for each plant you will need 10 seeds.
- Spray or wet each paper towel. You want it wet, but not soaking wet.
- Position 10 seeds (spread out) on the paper towel and fold up
- Place in your baggie and seals the water turns into a moisture source as it drys
- If you have more than 1 variety, label/number the baggies and write everything down on your paper
- Add a germination date on your paper to check on your seeds.
- Place them in a warm dark place (I prefer the top of my fridge towards the back) and let them be and do their thing.
A few notes:
• Germination rates of 60% or less, can be considered a bum crop. You can also either throw them away or use them as fun attempts if you wish
• Remember, gardening is supposed also to be fun. Start small. You’ve got plenty of time!
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