Skip to main content

Old seed? Viability test is simple way to see if it's still good to sow

Anyone who has grown his or her own veggies for a few years will have wound up with at least one small box of all the leftover seed that wasn't sown in the past.

Seed is usually good for a year after it's sold, but after two years, different crops show varying seed viability. Some seed can last up to five years, or more, if stored properly. But other crops die out in just a year, especially if it's kept in warm, humid conditions.

This simple seed viability test featured in Marshall Hinsley's article for Dallas Culture Map shows an age-old way to see if you're still able to get some life out of your old seed or if you need to get some new packets.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Texas legacy Petmecky corn rescued from brink of extinction

Written by Marshall Hinsley.

Rescuing a crop from the brink of extinction, Victory Seed Company is reintroducing a variety corn in 2017, and it has a Texas connection.

With sturdy stalks that grow tall and produce ears that are eight inches long with sixteen to eighteen rows of kernels in varying colors, Petmecky corn is a flint or flour type of corn that can be harvested young and eaten as roasting ears.

Most commonly, though, its ornamental ears are allowed to dry so that the kernels may be ground into cornmeal.

In the past, this grain corn was sustenance to communities in the Texas Hill Country. Victory Seed Company founder Mike Dunton says word about the variety came to him back in 20015 when he was approached by C. B. "Hoppy" Hopkins of Fredericksburg, Texas.

According to Hopkins, German settlers entered the Texas Hill country in the mid 19th Century and signed a treaty with Native Americans in the area in 1847. At about that time, the Comanches gave the corn to the Pe…

Chamomile proves easy to grow in North Texas

It's easy to overlook chamomile as a garden crop. It's not used in dishes like basil and cilantro are.

It's just a tea, but when you consider how easy it is to harvest, dry and save for wintertime, it stands out as an easy-to-grow plant that can a wad of cash if you buy much herbal tea.

Marshall Hinsley made this discovery after visiting a garden at a Dallas restaurant.

Read the full article >>

Israeli Melons: Perhaps the Sweetest Melon on Earth

A grower of Hales' Best Jumbo melons for several decades, writer/farmer Marshall Hinsley finds a melon to beat all: Israeli melons.

Find out what's so special about them in this article on Dallas Culture Map.