The weather in early 2017 has been unseasonably warm, so I decided to go ahead and start the spring garden a few weeks early. I usually do not plant until after the Ides of March. With everything blooming out early and daytime highs hitting the low 80s, I decided to start planting in late February.
This garden will be special, as it uses decade old seeds. I posted a video on youtube about stockpiling seeds and then shared the video on survivalistboards, twitter and reddit. A couple of guys on reddit said made statements that seeds can not be saved.
One comment was,
I hope OP knows that you can’t “stockpile” seeds as they expire like any other grain. In fact, other grains are processed, whereas seeds are not, so seeds have a VERY short lifespan.
I took that comment as a challenge and set out to germinate decade old seeds. The decade old seeds that had been stored in the freezer had a very good germination rate. So good that I planted the seeds as part of my 2017 garden.
Spring 2017 Garden
For spring 2017, I am probably going to plant two gardens.
Small garden to motivate armchair preppers. This garden is about 15 to 20 feet wide and maybe 30 feet long.
Larger garden for canning and preserving food. This one might about about an acre. In this larger garden I want to plant potatoes, beans, peas, corn, squash, okra… just a wide range of foods.
In spring 2017 the smaller garden will be my focus. I will touch on the larger garden here and there, but not a lot. When it comes to canning and preserving food, we will probably talk about the larger garden.
I have not done any videos on gardening in a couple of years. Since it is a large part of my prepping plans, I need to get back to it.
Something I am planting this year I have not grown in 30 years is sunflowers. I would like to see if I can save and dry the seeds, then eat on them through the winter of 2017 – 2018.
On, maybe two of my fruit trees died in 2016. They need to be replaced. The fig trees in the chicken yard are not growing and I need to figure out why.
One issue with the fig trees in the chicken yard is water. I have to run a water line almost 100 yards out to the chicken yard to water the trees. During July and August here in Southeast Texas is usually a time of drought. The fig trees get stressed from lack of rain so I have to water them.