This isn’t data as a scientist would understand it — though I guess I could take that approach, after I get done shoveling the seafood compost onto the beds — but I’m getting a sense of where seeds tend to sprout in the milk jugs: Either from cracks in the soil, or near the edges of the jug. A crack provides a seed with light, water, and heat, so it’s natural for the seed to sprout there. The edge of the jug would provide heat only — sunlight concentrated by the translucent jug.

To do a real study, I would have had to control for more factors; which would mean making my process even more consistent. Each jug gets nine seeds in a grid pattern, but I did not control for seed depth, soil composition, soil depth, or the amount of water added to the jugs. Nothing was done randomly, exactly, but none of it was controlled, certainly. Then I would put out the jugs, number each one, plot them on a map, and put the results into a spreadsheet. And take readings on a consistent basis. (The plot would also specify the movement of the sun, and possibly temperature, so those factors could be controlled for, too.)

That sounds like work. Do I really want those results that much? Not really. What I’d really like to know is not where seeds sprout, but why some jugs fail. Since my squash have not yet sprouted. Even though they are always late, I’m worried about them…..