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Jeff Adams Says:
Mar 26th, 2012 at 3:56 pm
Guess I lost the previous post—-but was just writing in to complement you on your well-written, informative website—especially Tricia’s nicely composed, easy-to-comprehend, informative video’s…and I stated that I got a hoot out of the shipping & handling one with Keith—if I ever need a “heavy” for added security, I am callin’ Keith ! Lol
Emily H. Says:
Mar 26th, 2012 at 6:49 pm
I love these videos I learn so much! I wish you all would make documentary series… And the unscripted parsley chomp cracked me up
Mar 27th, 2012 at 11:38 am
A couple of comments:
2) Some seeds won’t germinate unless they have passed through the stomach of an animal. This is a chemical form of scarification. To mimic this, germination of most seeds that require this treatment will be aided by soaking briefly in an acidic solution, such as glacial acetic acid. A funny story came to light about one famous exception to this acid-bath rule. Many years ago, my old boss, Dr. Eduardo Vallejo, was accompanying the famous biologist Dr. Charles Rick, on an expedition to Peru to collect wild relatives of the tomato plant. They applied the usual acetic acid treatment over and over, but with no effect—the seeds just wouldn’t germinate. Then, Dr. Rick noticed that the wild tomatoes were being eaten by tortoises, whose stomachs are not acidic but alkaline. They tried using a dilute solution of bleach to these wild tomato seeds and presto! the seeds germinated easily. Turns out, a 10% bleach solution for 30 seconds works wonders on all members of the tomato family, even distant relatives like peppers. Just be sure to wash the seeds copiously after treatment.
Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Jan 28th, 2013 at 12:58 am
Thank you for the helpful information, Bruce!
raymond long Says:
Mar 7th, 2015 at 9:48 am
putting seeds into plastic bags for stratification is not a good idea. use paper bags to avoid humidity buildup which occurs inside a plastic bag.
Mar 7th, 2015 at 11:57 am
I’ve enjoyed many video’s and also the written video transcript. Is there a way to publish the written in a format that allows us to print it (like a recipe - separate from the ads and other written things on the page) and add it to our collection of garden information? Sometimes I will archive it, to be used later and it’s easier for me to file that weed back through old videos.
Just a thought, and thank you.
Mar 16th, 2015 at 7:38 am
A NEAT TRICK - scarification. Take a piece of sand paper and roll it up into a circle about the size of a quarter (rough side on the inside).
Place several seeds inside and close both ends (I tape a piece of paper on one end, use my palm to seal the other end).
Shake! Depending on the seeds & sand paper grit, usually a minute or less.
Follow with a soak overnight. Plant next day.
This trick will save you time and works like a charm!