|today's seeds for sowing|
If you are making plans for sowing this month using the moon my plan is;
Fruiting crops like early peas and beans, chillies and tomatoes on Monday the 20th January
Root crops like onions on Wednesday the 22nd January
Flower crops like broccoli, sweet peas, verbascum, and foxgloves on Friday 24th of January
Please order your seeds from The Irish Seeds Savers Association who need all the help they can get this year. Or better yet become a supporter. It's unthinkable that they should fail so please do all you can to help, even small orders can count.
If you have old packets of seeds and you want to ckeck their viability you can do this simple test that my FETAC 5 group carried out yesterday;
- Lightly moisten a paper towel. Then, fold it in half.
- Place 10 seeds on the paper towel. Then, fold the towel in half again to cover up the seeds.
- Stick the paper towel in a plastic sandwich bag and seal.
- Write the seed name and date on the bag. Then, store the bag in a warm spot (on top of the refrigerator works well).
- Check the bag each day to see if any seeds have germinated and to re-moisten the paper towel, as needed.
- Continue checking the bag until you reach the germination time listed (e.g. 7 days) on your seed packet.If its not listed on your seed packet check it online from seed companies, it varies dramatically from each seed to the next so don't guess! check it out.
- Count how many seeds germinated. Use this to determine your percentage of viability. If, for example, 8 of your 10 seeds germinated, that would be an 80% viability.
- If you decide to use your seeds, plant extra to make up for the seeds that aren't likely to germinate.