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Don't ditch those old seeds! Here's how to test them

Dampen a paper towel with water and place

Dampen a paper towel with water and place approximately 10 seeds on it (more if the seeds are tiny; fewer if the seeds are large). Credit: Justine Damiano

It's almost time to start vegetable seeds indoors, and if you're like me, you have an open glass jar stuffed full of old seed packs that you've nearly forgotten about at the back of the fridge.

Tempted to throw them out and start fresh so as not to waste precious germination time on seeds that might be duds? If you have a paper towel, a plastic bag and some water, this quick and easy test will save you time and money:

INSTRUCTIONS: How to determine whether your old seeds are viable.

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