I have found gardening to be a continuous learning process. Fall/Winter gardening is something I have little experience with and decided to do a little this Fall.
In one raised bed I planted lettuce (Red Seeded Simpson), broccoli, carrots, and radish.
In a small portion of my main garden I planted peas, broccoli, and more lettuce (Romaine).
Now – I am not just planting some food for growing a Fall garden – I have conducted an experiment. All of the seeds except for the Red Seeded Simpson lettuce have been stored since 2009. No special storage method. Just sitting in my garage on a shelf.
In the last picture above my okra
trees plants tower close to 7 feet in the air and continue to produce. In front of them is one of my compost bins which I have kept in my main garden. Some may see this as strange to place the compost bin right in the garden – but I have found it useful.
The bin is relatively close to the kitchen so it makes for short trips to put scraps in it. The soil underneath the composting material will become super rich over time. With that said – I will move the bin to a new location in the garden each year.
So far – germination rates from the old seed has been great. I continue to have great experience with older seed – in vegetables as well as flowers. This bode wells for preppers who store seed for use as well as barter.
I will update later in the season.