The Pittsburgh Urban Gardening Project

The Pittsburgh Urban Gardening Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating people in ways to live healthy, sustainable lives.  We plant, grow and harvest fruits and vegetables around Pittsburgh with the goal of turning city streets into healthy eats.

To Soak or Not to Soak Seeds

4/12 - All of my seeds for the year arrived in the mail today.  I purchased them from and really like the website.  They have multiple varieties of almost every single plant you can imagine and are extremely informative.  The user reviews are also very extensive so that helped me in my decision making process regarding which seeds to buy.

Now a science experiment.  I've been reading that soaking your seeds for anywhere from 1-5 days prior to planting helps them grow faster and healthier.  I've also read that, in order to keep bacteria down during this process, it's good practice to add a hint of Dial Gold hand soap to the water.  I decided to test these theories.  I will be planting 3 batches of San Marzano Tomatoes.

Batch 1 - soaked in tap water for 2 days

Batch 2 - soaked in tap water with a hint of dial gold soap for 2 days

Batch 3 - no soaking