March 15, 2012

Germination trials: Recap

It's come time to wrap up the Germination Trials so we can move on to the next experiment before the winter season is over.  I won't finish analyzing the data until this summer when I have more time, but  there are a few conclusions that can be made now:

 1.  The different treatments did have an effect on % germination rate and days to germination for all three varieties of seeds.

 2. The three species of greens responded differently to the cool, wintery conditions in terms of germination rate. 

3.  How all the temperature and light data tie into the germination rate will have to wait until I have more time.

As with all experiments, new questions for further experimentation arise.  The questions I'd like to explore in the next experiments are:
  • How do the tunnels affect growth rate?  I showed that there seemed to be differences in growth post-germination.  Now it's time to actually measure it.
  • What about other species?  We only looked at three species of greens.  What about green leaf lettuce, arugula, kale or tat soi?
  • Would combining treatments be advantageous?  Putting heat mats inside clear plastic tunnels seems a good combination to provide root zone heat, above ground heat and a humid environment.
  • What questions do you have?

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