Fifteen wrinkled peas scratched into the damp earth with a whispered prayer. A day, a week, and then...fifteen tiny miracles, stretching towards the sky.
|Golden Sweet Peas. Mahalo Jane!|
Gardeners know that a seed is just a promise with an expiration date. Time, light, and moisture all conspire against the fulfillment of that promise. So how did these seeds, saved in 2012, beat the odds? Skillful storage and a pinch of luck is my best guess but i'll have to ask the gardener who stewarded them to know for sure. Maybe she'll share her secrets in the comments section.
Germination rates from my own stored seed have been terrible this year. Probably because i moved the plastic snap lock storage containers out of the refrigerator and into the hall closet. I've been working off bad seed karma ever since.
On the up side, it's been a merry time supporting favorite seed companies by replacing all that failed seed. And quite a few new varieties have found their way into my cart. Silver linings, everywhere you look!
How are you storing your seeds this year?