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Soaking Seeds Before Sowing

Is it necessary to soak seeds in water before sowing? Does soaking seeds speed up germination? The answer is that is not necessary to soak the seeds before sowing, but it sure does speed up germination a big time. 

Keyword: backyard gardening, gardening bloger, soaking seeds before sowing
Author: Val of The Farm Girl Blog
  • Vegetable Seeds - Seeds that are looking more like grain can be soaked like tomato cucumber, pumpkin, squash, zucchini, peas, beans, etc... But seeds like radish, dill, carrots I do not soak in water as it will be impossible to plant them.
  • Water - Room temperature water is best for soaking seeds.
  1. Place seeds you're planning to plant into a small container. Fill the container with a room temperature of water half full.
  2. Place the containers on the safe place (I place them on the window sill). Let the seeds soak for 24 to 48 hours before planting.