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!
After about five days, I poured the peas out onto a plate and started sorting through the ones that had sprouted and the one that hadn’t. Since the germination rate looks like it is still very close to 100%, I’ll be planting the seeds in my garden again this year!
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!
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