It's time to peruse seed catalogs.I am "homesteading Broadly defined, homesteading is a lifestyle of simple, agrarian self-sufficiency. History
In the United States, the Homestead Act (1862) allowed anyone to claim up to 160 acres (64.7 hm²) of land. " on 1/4 acre in an older "sort of suburb with city power and water but there is no sidewalk so maybe I qualify.
It occured to me that some readers might like sources for seeds and fruit trees.
For a comprehensive overview there are two books I like: Garden Seed Inventory (5th edition) and Fruit, Berry and Nut Inventory (3rd edition). These are both available from Seed Saver Publications, 3076 North Winn Rd., Decora, IA 52101; 563-382-5990; www.seedsavers.org
They are pricey Pricey
Term used for an unrealistically low bid price or unrealistically high offer price.
Of, relating to, or being an unrealistically high offer. An offer to sell a security at $50 when the current market price is $47 is pricey. at $26 and $24 in paperback, but the Fruit, Berry and Nut Inventory (3rd edition) book, is well worth it. That is the cost of one fruit tree and it is very helpful in avoiding mistakes. It gives you access to 280 mail-order nurseries, phone numbers, addresses all over the country. It lists and describes 1,513 named varieties of apple trees, for example, to start.
It is invaluable for locating heirloom varieties. It mentions disease resistance, cold tolerance, chill hours, pollination pollination, transfer of pollen from the male reproductive organ (stamen or staminate cone) to the female reproductive organ (pistil or pistillate cone) of the same or of another flower or cone. requirements, flavor, specific uses (cooking/eating/cider, etc.) and there are sections on rootstocks.
Catalogs don't always include things you'd like to know, like a variety that bears only every other year (biennial) or being susceptible to scab. Or you might want an apple tree that can survive -50[degrees]F winters.
Some places I have bought from and can recommend are:
* Miller's Nurseries, 500 West Lake Rd., Canandaigua, NY 14424; 800-836-9630. 60 varieties of apples, 229 total varieties.
* Trees of Antiquity, 20 Wellson Rd., Paso Robles Robles is a common surname in the Spanish language meaning oaks, and may refer to:
* Greenmantle Nursery, 3010 Ettersberg Rd., Garbersville, CA 95543; 707-986-7504.
* Fedco Trees/Fedco Seeds, PO Box 520, Waterville, ME 04903-0520; 207-873-7333; www.fedcoseeds.com. 100 varieties of apples, 222 total varieties.
The Fedco Seed Catalog Noun 1. seed catalog - a list advertising seeds and their prices
catalogue, catalog - a complete list of things; usually arranged systematically; "it does not pretend to be a catalog of his achievements" is a lot of fun and they carry a lot of open-pollinated varieties, for those who like to save their own seeds.
For people who haven't come across it yet, and who are trying for self-sufficiency, let me mention the Potato or Multiplier onion Noun 1. multiplier onion - type of onion plant producing small clustered mild-flavored bulbs used as seasoning
Allium ascalonicum, Allium cepa aggregatum, eschalot, shallot . Fedco carries this. It is a much smaller onion, a big one is maybe 2-1/2" across, but it totally eliminates the need for onion sets or seeds. Just plant a bulb in the spring and it multiplies itself out into a clump of up to 10 bulbs. Pull, cure and store like normal onions. It stores like a rock.
I can also recommend the leaf beet/perpetual spinach/perpetual chard chard: see artichoke; beet.
or Swiss chard
Edible-leaf beet (Beta vulgaris, variety cicla), a variety of beet in which the tender leaves and leafstalks have become greatly developed. . It is a variety of chard. A good basic "leafy leaf·y
adj. leaf·i·er, leaf·i·est
1. Covered with or having leaves.
2. Consisting of leaves: Spinach is a leafy green vegetable.
3. Similar to or resembling a leaf. green." Nice mild flavor and very easy to grow. It holds all winter here, down to 15[degrees]F, makes lots of nice, big seeds, self-sows, no problem with pests (no aphids, even the slugs See State and local government series. don't like it). Pretty much goof-proof. Well, maybe leaf miners, but that is easy to handle. Just pick and destroy the affected leaves.
Other sources of interest:
* Pinetree Garden Seeds, PO Box 300, New Gloucester, ME 04260; 270-926-3400; www. superseeds.com. Pinetree carries some hard-to-find items.
* Vermont Bean Seed Company, 334 W. Stroud St., Randolph, WI 53956; 800-349-1071; www.vermontbean.com. Vermont Bean has 38 varieties of green beans green beans
long narrow green beans that are cooked and eaten as a vegetable , and 27 varieties of shelling beans.
* Ronniger's Potato Farm, HCR HCR High Commissioner for Refugees (UN)
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HCR Human Cognitive Reliability 62 BOX 332A, Moyie Springs, ID 83845; 2008-267-7938; www.ronnigers.com. Ronnigers carries 80 varieties of potatoes, also the potato onions and non-knobby sunchokes (Jerusalem artichokes). The catalog has a lot of information and is very educational. They also breed horses, the Haflinger--an Arab/Tyrolean cross. They sound good from their description; like a very nice, intelligent, hardy, smaller horse for riding or light farm work.
* Totally Tomatoes, 334 W. Stroud St., Randolph, WI 53956; 800-345-5977; www.totallytomato.com. Totally Tomatoes carries about 250 varieties of tomatoes and 100 varieties of peppers.
And, of course, Seed Savers Exchange Seed Savers Exchange, or SSE, is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving various heirloom plant varieties. It collects lists of seeds from its members and publishes their contact information in catalogues, which are distributed to those members so they may request has heirloom, open-pollinated varieties, 24,000 of them.
The Multiplier/Potato onion are also carried by JW Jung Seed Company, 335 S. High St., Randolph, WI 53957; 800-247-5864; www.jungseed. com
I hope these sources will be useful. Genetic diversity is so important. There are so many different factors including flavors, temperature tolerances, disease resistances, etc. Every person who plants an heirloom variety helps preserve it. Good growing to you all.