So, I put some eggplant and butternut squash seeds on a container about 3 weeks ago and they didn't spring up.  I'm not sure what may have happened. I may have over or under watered them, or maybe the sun baked them. I have no clue about what exactly may have caused the failure

I was a little disappointed but by no means defeated at this.  So, about 5 days ago, I decided to change my methodology.  Going to YouTube for guidance and inspiration, I came across an awesome older lady named Mayo that sprouts her seeds by wrapping a handful of them in a wet paper towel.  Looking at a related video, I found another guy that uses the same method as Mayo but with one difference: instead of using water to wet the towels, he actually uses a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide.  On the video, he says that such a solution encourages germination.  Armed with this new knowledge, I decided to run an experiment.

I had some hydrogen peroxide in the bathroom closet, so, I went ahead and made the solution following the second video. I picked up a bunch of ziploc bags from the kitchen, a few paper towels and a bunch of seeds I had been saving and decided to give the paper towel method a try.  Here are the seeds that I ended up "paper toweling":

- passion fruit
- oats
- arugula
- cantaloupe
- butternut squash
- cilantro
- peas
- eggplant
- plum

Today, July 12, 2017, a full 5 days after "paper toweling" my seeds, it was time to check on their progress. I was very happy to report some pretty good results. See pictures below for details.






I have been reading about the wonders of growing Chayote Squash (AKA chuchu where I come from) for a few weeks now. All reports seem to confirm that:

- it grows like mad once you plant it
- I will need a sturdy trellis to give the vine support
- one plant may yield something like 60 to 100 fruits in one growing season

To those that don't know, chayote has a very mild taste and is used around Latin America in soups or cooked in some ways like a potato.  I found the three chayotes I purchased at a Mexican food store here in Los Angeles and I'm allowing all three of them to trow out a good length shoot before planting them around the house.

My plan for them will be to grow them in a 5 gallon grow bag and build trellises that will lead the vine to grow alongside some of my exterior sunny walls on the exterior of my house. I will post more pictures when I actually plant this exotic delicacy.