This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
When a new form of plant appears, the Botanist refers to all that has been known about it before. We should like to see this sort of knowledge attended to in other branches. Mr. W. H. Seaman of Washington, has been doing this good work for us in relation to the question of vitality of seeds. In Field and Forest, he has given references to all he can find on the subject. There seems to be little evidence worth considering that seeds will live for ages in the ground.