Germinating spinach seeds

Starting the spinach seeds in the seed trays has thus far been a bust. After perusing the plethora of information online, I learned a few things:

1. I am not alone in this failed endeavor. Spinach seeds don’t have particularly good germination rates, so I shouldn’t take it personally.
2. Spinach seeds are no longer viable after 2 years.
3. They germinate in cool temperature.
4. Start them in moist paper towels. This advice was taken from a GardenWeb Forum: fold a moist paper towel over some spinach seeds, store it in a small sealed container, keep it in the refrigerator for a day, then let it sit at room temperature.

After 4 days this is what happened…

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…seed germination!

Transferred the germinated seeds to the seed starter mix and after several days:

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So whaddya know, it really worked!

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