Seeds forum: Can you sow a seed too deep?

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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Mar 12, 2011 7:26 PM CST
I'm so proud of the kid!

On Friday I did a presentation and workshop at SAIT for some Culinary Students & Instructors. BTW, they have an AWESOME garden set up and will be getting a high-tech solar powered greenhouse soon. There was no school for the kid and she thought it would be cool to check out the college. I had left my daughter with the group sowing tomatoes to have a look at the garden. One of the students asked her if the plant will still grow if the seed is too deep. Her answer was way better than what I would have said:

Melissa's advice on sowing too deep: "The seed has only so much energy packed in there. If the seed is too deep, it may run out of energy trying to make it to the surface where it will be able to start producing it's own energy, which it gets from the sun."

As Melissa advises, it is best to plant not too deep.
Melissa turned 13 yrs today. Happy Birthday Kiddo!
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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Mar 13, 2011 4:50 AM CST


Happy birthday to Melissa, a plant-wise girl.

Wonderful that she's interested in plants at so young an age. My son never was, still isn't. But then I didn't either as a kid.

Name: Donna
Winnipeg, Manitoba Zone 4
Mar 13, 2011 7:32 PM CST
You definitely should be proud, Joanna! That is an amazing answer!!

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