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There is an old (Asian) Indian proverb - ‘All the flowers of all the tomorrows, are in the seeds of today.’                                                     

Well, what happens if the seedlings of the seeds of today get eaten by slugs? Nasty thought isn’t it?

So if you now think - ‘ All the lettuces, (or beetroots, or beans, etc), of all the tomorrows, are in the seeds of today,’ it would be pretty disastrous if today’s seedlings got eaten! If you grow your own veg (or have tried to), you will know that such disasters are only too real possibilities. It’s not too bad if you live near shops and can buy food, but in many parts of the world the seeds of today are vital for the family’s food and livelihood of all the tomorrows.

This germinator was designed to minimise the risk of such disasters and the first prototype (shown in the video), has been successful well beyond my wildest dreams! What’s more, many seedlings grow faster than in compost! The germinator can be used anywhere on the planet and I would like to make it available for anyone, anywhere, to use, to help everyone have adequate and healthy food. Please would you help with the very expensive tooling costs for mass production.

I’m Valerie Muir and I’ve always ‘grown things.’ My Dad showed me how. When I married and we had a small garden of our own, I grew different things each year, but always some veg as well, because the home grown food tasted so much better than any from a shop. Later we moved to a 3 acre smallholding where we now grow veg and plants commercially. For nearly 10 years now, we’ve been certified organic and during this time I’ve had the privilege of teaching many people how to grow food sustainably, without pesticides, and learnt the difficulties many people have in trying to grow food from seed. The very best thing about growing your own foods or plants from seed, is that you can grow exactly what you want. But if you don’t have someone who can show you what to do, it can be very difficult to get going, and frequently people give up trying.

A few years ago in trying to grow larger quantities of vegetables for sale, we had great difficulty in reliably producing adequate quantities of vegetables, from even quite large quantities of seeds. We were using the traditional method of germinating seeds in compost. Many seeds did not germinate; of those that did, many grew poorly, pests such as sciarid flies were damaging them. Eventually I concluded that this was a silly way to germinate seeds, even if it was the ‘traditional way’ and there must be a better way, because many young children are shown in school how seeds grow, by germinating beans on wet paper without any difficulty! This fact also suggested that seeds might not need compost to germinate and grow into healthy seedlings. Many of you will be familiar with the various domestic ‘seed sprouters’ available from Amazon and elsewhere in which the sprouts grow just by washing with water frequently.

I did many experiments comparing germination of seeds in different sorts of compost and they showed quite clearly that some seeds grew better in one sort and other seeds grew better in another. However this was not helpful, because how would you know which compost to use for any particular vegetable seed?   

Same lettuce seed sown on same day in 2 different composts
Same lettuce seed sown on same day in 2 different composts

Here you can see the effect of different composts quite dramatically.  I then tried out many of the domestic seed sprouters. With some it was impossible to germinate any seeds, with others it was impossible not to damage the seedlings when I tried to remove them for transplanting. Eventually I decided to design and have manufactured, a germinator that I believed, would allow most vegetable seeds to germinate and grow more reliably.

This prototype which is shown in the video, has been successful well beyond my wildest dreams! What’s more, many seedlings grow faster than in compost! 

Any seeds that will fit into the germinator, that is, are are not too large, will germinate. From beans, to the microscopic seeds of some flowering plants, all will germinate. 

Native wildflower Lythrum salicaria.  The seeds are microscopic. 

100% of viable seeds germinate and in the germinator, seedlings remain healthy and grow until they are large enough to transplant to modules, pots, wherever. And these seedlings can be used for organic or non-organic growing.                                                                                       Put 100 viable seeds into a seed tray and you will have 100 healthy seedlings to transplant to your growing area. Sounds too good to be true? No! It’s so easy, it has completely transformed life for me! I want it to do the same for you! Wherever on the planet you live!

THE GERMINATOR has 3 components - the lid, the base, the seed trays.  2 seed trays are shown in the photo, but up to 4 seed trays can be stacked onto 1 base, with a lid on top as shown in the video.

How to use the germinator Half fill the base with (drinking) tap water. Place one seed species in each tray - as many seeds of each as needed. Remember you can have 4 trays on a base, so can germinate 4 seed species at one go. Then wash each tray by holding under the tap and making sure the seeds become thoroughly wet. Let excess water drain off.  Up to 4 trays may be stacked on the base. Place the lid on the top tray. Then place the whole stack on a windowsill or other light, warm place, and the seeds will start to germinate! Wash each tray at least twice, or more, daily, by holding under the running tap, until the seedlings are ready for transplanting.

And that’s all you have to do to have thousands of healthy seedlings of anything! It will be sold with the 2 trays and you will be able to buy extra trays, lid and base, as you wish. A detailed ‘How to use’ booklet will be included and a ‘How to use’ video will be on my website. You can use it wherever you live on the planet, yes, even at the N and S poles if you have growlights!

The £18,000 requested will be used to pay for the tooling of the 3 components. That will enable ‘mass production’ of this germinator. I want to make it available to everyone as it will make it so much easier to grow your own food — the very best way to remain healthy!

It has solved seed germination problems for me, and it certainly will for you!

It’s a ridiculously easy way to grow your seeds!

Risks and challenges

1. There may be delays in production, so just have to keep reminding the manufacturer.
2. Main risk is people finding it difficult to use. I believe it unlikely, as there will be a detailed instruction booklet, plus a detailed 'How to' video on my website. There will also be a downloadable copy of the instruction booklet on the website. It is a very simple device!
I welcome feedback via email, phone, etc. I am used to teaching, so if any serious issues arise, there can be a newsletter/forum on the website that can be updated as necessary and accessible to all. I really want everyone to benefit from this germinator, as least as well as I have!

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