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  • Writer's pictureStacey Evers

Saving tomato seeds with a nifty science experiment

Want to save tomato seeds but don't know how? Let this Grow a Row family of volunteers show you! The kids provide masterful narration and editing while Carlea, their mom, offers excellent instruction. Thank you, Carlea and I & B! Science experiment alert! You're going to be rinsing and fermenting the seeds. Why?

The gelatinous material around tomato seeds contains a chemical that prevents them from sprouting. In the garden, where tomatoes fall to the ground and decompose, the gel also goes away, allowing the seeds to germinate when warmer weather arrives. Fermentation will also do this and kills diseases at the same time.

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