As well as poring over seed catalogues I've had a good sort out of my seeds and made a list of leftovers from previous years. Many of them are still in date (some are unopened) but I've got a few seed packets that are well past the sow by date so I'm doing a germination test to see if they're viable. All 3 are Sarah Raven seeds (you get big packets for your money!) and I have planted some of them for the last few years. In fact I know I brought these from my old house so they're about 5 years old now. I'm testing 10 of each to make working out the percentages easier!!
I've just put some damp kitchen roll in the bottom of an old plastic tub, added the seeds and put them inside a sandwich bag on my study windowsill.
Pea "Sugar Snap"
Broad bean "Stereo"
Artichoke "Violetta di Choggia"
I love marinated chargrilled artichokes so I do hope these are viable. I'll give them all a few weeks to see if they're worth growing or need throwing. Nothing ventured nothing gained!