To be honest, I am not trying very hard, or at all to help myself. Any time I go to the store I have to look. There are too many beautiful pictures to be able to avert my eyes. The possibilities!
I am talking of course, about seed packets. All the stores now have their shelves full of them and I can’t help but find my way to the seed racks and peruse the merchandise. I am a sucker for anything with “organic” or “heirloom” on the package. At only a couple dollars a package it is a pretty cheap habit. Here is my latest haul from Meijer.
These are the rest of the seeds I have. Some of them are a couple years old, but should still work this year. They are a smorgasbord of high mown seeds bought from a family friend during a fundraiser, seeds bought from Dollar Tree, Ace True Hardware, some packets from a seed saving class, and the mylar bag is from a family friend. It is filled with a variety of corn that is supposed to be bred to be extremely hardy. There are even some flower seeds in there for the bees. Now that I am thinking about it, I have more flower seeds/bulbs I bought at Costco last year that are not pictured.
I have also been lurking on some seedy websites, I couldn’t help the pun. Actually bare root trees are what I am talking about. I ordered three trees from Starkbros.com this fall and will be getting more this spring. I actually have three apple, two pear, two peach, two plum, two cherry, an almond, two pecan, a cherry bush, strawberries, raspberries, three grape vines, and a ten pack of lilacs on order from them. I tried to convince them last fall to create a “homesteader pack”, but as of yet they haven’t.
The last two winters I have protected the fruit trees with individual cages, explained here. When I set up the garden this spring I am going to fence in the whole thing with field fence. I may wrap the bottom with hardware cloth to try and keep out the rabbits. I will add some sort of streamer and string to the top of the posts to try and keep the deer out. I just can’t see individually wrapping each and every tree, the time, effort, and cost doesn’t seem to be worth it.
Not only do I enjoy the winter, but I love the lull it affords in the outdoor chores, allowing for dreaming of summer gardens and picking fruits, vegetables, nuts, and smelling the flowers. There is definitely a time for every season under Heaven.