Just yesterday I dug at a couple of the seedlings I planted in small rototilled areas in my woods. Of the seeds I planted in these areas, a much smaller percentage of seedlings emerged, this past spring, than of the places I used the rake and scatter method (actually to give credit where due, it was TNhunter's modified rake and scatter method). The seed I am referring to in both of these methods is wildgrown's seeds. In these rototilled areas, I made rows and covered the seed with about an inch of dirt. Of what I dug yesterday, I realized this is WAY to deep. The top of the root was still the entire inch down. I dug pretty deep just to get to the top of the root and still couldn't get the little boogers to let go when I dug all around them so I didn't fully dig them up. They were the same diameter of the rake and scatter rootlets I dug for size confirmation recently, but the taproot was very deep. I guess that is good but the point is only about 25-30% emerged vs. the 95+% that emerged using the rake and scatter method. I also found one seed still sitting there and still not smiling. Does the seed just stay dormant another year if it thinks it is too deep? I would have thought they would have sprouted and died if they didn't have enough energy to make it through, not layed dormant. Confused??