The time approaches…

It’s almost here…

While most people are thinking hot cocoa and soup, there are those who’s minds are already turning towards perhaps the most important winter activity for homesteading life. 

It’s time to start planning next year’s garden. 

And so, with my trusty territorial seed catalog in hand, we sat down and picked out the majority of our crops for next year. The list is extensive. 

Asparagus, beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, garlic, kale, leeks, radicchio, onions, peas, peppers, pumpkins, radishes, turnips, and tomatoes made up the vegetable garden section. That’s not including seeds I already have or can find cheaper locally. Most of these are heirloom or specialty varieties. But we are also getting some trees and other random stuff. 

Buckwheat, sunflower, pawpaw, olive, persimmon, and almond. Territorial has PNW hardy varieties of olive and almond so we are giving those a shot. The total bill just to this company is just over $300. We will also be getting some apple, hazelnut, and nectarines from local nurseries. 

But McFarmFace, its October! Why yes, yes it is. But most vegetables need to be started indoors in January and February, so we need to get started on the planning and purchasing now. Most trees need to be planted while dormant, so that means between now and the last frost. 

Actually, we ought to start the local tree shopping now…

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