The science of gardening (BBC)

Seed saving, soil science, microscopy, weather, slow motion photography of plants; what’s not to like? This Gardener’s World special has some good set pieces about the science of gardening, and makes me wonder why Carol Klein didn’t get the main presenter’s job on GW. Better hurry, though. It’s only on iplayer for the next couple of days…

My take-home message about prolonging the life of seed is that heat and water inhibit the storing of seeds, and that one should first dry seeds to remove any free water inside, then store them in a cool place or even the freezer. A good dessicator is rice that’s been heated in low oven for a couple of hours.

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