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Testing Old Seeds: Seeds may be worth sowing -- but only if they pass this test: Fold 10 seeds in moist paper towel, place in resealable bag, mark with date and type. Watch to see how many germinate. Multiply that number by 10 to calculate the percent of germinations. More than 70 percent is passing. If between 40 and 60 percent, sow thickly. Below 40 percent, it's best to buy fresh seed.

Grow a Good Lifefrom Grow a Good Life

Simple Seed Germination Test

Simple Seed Germination Test | Grow a Good Life | Before you throw those old seed packages away, test them to see if they are still viable using this simple germination test.

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Ladybug Habitat

Lady bugs are a natural pest control. Keep more of them around by filling a 6"x1' long tube with sticks. The lady bugs will make it their home and watch over your garden.

Seed storage Do you have seeds from  your garden (vegetable or plant) that you want to store for next year?  Here is a great idea for storing those seeds and keeping them organized!  You can reuse any small sealable container such as a tic tac box, altoids, etc.  Great idea!

Martha Stewartfrom Martha Stewart

Planter's Yardstick

Planter's Yardstick - Useful tool in the garden. :)

Winter-Sowing 101 BELIEVE IT OR NOT, you can start a summer garden in December and January, using a neat trick called “Winter-Sowing.” Winter-sowing is an outdoor method of seed germination (invented by Trudi Davidoff) which requires just two things: miniature greenhouses (made from recycled milk jugs) and Mother Nature. You can winter-sow your way to a beautiful garden, too…for pennies. Here’s how:

Just Joannafrom Just Joanna

10 Best DIY Seed Starting Pins

Just in time - 10 Best DIY Seed Starting Pins » Just Joanna