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Grow with KARE: Checking seed viability

Have old seed packets? Don't throw them away. Do this quick experiment and you will know if you can plant them this spring.

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — If you find an old seed packet in your garden items, like Bobby did, it is easy to see if it is still viable.  

Just moisten a paper towel and put it in a sealed ziploc bag or a portion cup and put 10 of the seeds into it.  

Wait 10-14 days and then you will know how many sprout.  That way you know what luck you will have later in the spring, or you can just take the ones that sprouted and plant those under some growing lights and grow them now. 

The problem is it is pretty early to start seeds indoors, but at least you will know what you will get later in the spring when you start.

Don't throw them out. They are usually good way past the sell by date on the back.

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