I am specifically thinking of my peas, but I have had poor seed germination in a lot of seeds. Mostly ones that I opened last year. Do seeds not last from season to season? Are there certain seeds that will work better in certain areas? Just because I can buy it at my local seed shop, does that mean it should grow here? I am following timing charts for my area. are certain brands better? what about organic are they not as good? which a lot of mine are.
last year I got about the same germination on my peas, which makes me think either location in my garden or the seed. I am going to buy some more seeds (different brand) and resow, in the same area, next year I may need to move them.
We have not had too much rain, I have had too water the beds a lot. We have had cool weather (even some snow). I am in Zone 3.
This is our second year with the garden. We added a lot of compost to it this year. No fertilizer though.