Plotting, page by page
It's the plotting season. The holiday hubbub behind us and outdoor work still a few months ahead, it's time to curl up with some inspirational reading and strategize those gardening and home improvement plans.
This stack of Mother Earth News magazines was a fall birthday gift from my sister-in-law Carol, who edits a rural lifestyle magazine and is herself a gardener extraordinaire. (She has a greenhouse in Tennessee to die for.)
Now's the break in the action when I have time to read, and Mother Earth is one of my favorites. Growing up, I remember seeing those early black-and-white issues in our home, probably since the magazine's beginning in 1970. Back then, my nomadic military parents dreamed of homesteading in Alaska. Fortunate enough to have a permanent home of my own, my interests are more immediate.
From the last few nights of reading, I've learned tips on growing two crops I want to try: asparagus and potatoes. There are instructions for building a cold frame from a shower door, a recipe for bread dough that will keep a week in the refrigerator, and directions for building your hand-hewn, timber-frame dream home on 160 acres in Ontario — all right, that last one may have gone a bit far afield.
Mother Earth is only $10 for 6 issues, and there's a lot of great information, including how-to videos, at their website. If you need more ideas, Carol's magazine is Out Here, and you can see copies at tractorsupply.com.