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New Life for Last Year's Seed Packets

Wondering if seeds from past years’ packets will still grow? Germinate them indoors first to find out.

Photography by: Aaron Dyer

To begin, line a metal tray with a damp paper towel. Arrange the seeds an inch apart on top, and cover them with another damp paper towel. Seal the tray with plastic wrap and set it near a sunny window. Wait three days, then check daily for roots and shoots. If they appear within about a week, the sprouted seeds are ready to plant.