Nationally known gardening expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moment television segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Home gardeners throughout the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative. Here, Melinda shares garden tips which expand on the information provided in her one-minute TV segments.
New topics will be added throughout the growing season, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! To watch Melinda’s Garden Moments online, click here.
This week’s gardening tip:
Will they Still Sprout? Testing Leftover Seeds for Viability
Don’t discard those leftover seeds saved from last season. When properly stored, many seeds can last for years, saving you money for this year’s garden.
Use this quick and easy test to see if your seeds will still sprout and grow. Place 10 seeds on a damp paper towel. Roll up the towel with seeds inside, place in a plastic bag and store in a warm location.
After a week or so, unwrap the paper towel and check the seeds for sprouting. If nothing has happened, rewrap the seeds and wait a few more days.
If all the seeds have sprouted, you have 100% germination and can plant the seeds as recommended on the package. If only half the seeds sprout, for example, you will need to plant the seeds twice as close together to compensate for the lower germination rate.
A bit more information: You can plant the sprouted seeds if space, growing conditions and time allows. If none of the seeds sprout, consider breaking out the glue and getting the family involved in turning these leftover seeds into seed art.
About Melinda Myers
Nationally known gardening expert, TV/radio host, author and columnist Melinda Myers has over 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening For Everyone” DVD set and the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio segments. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine and writes for Chicagoland Gardening and State-by-State Gardening. She has received recognition and numerous awards, including the American Horticultural Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award. Myers’ website is www.melindamyers.com