When I was a kid, Mother Earth News was a regular fixture in our household. One of my favorite things to read was always the Land for sale section, where I could dream of one day owning many acres of my own, where I would plant my multi-acre organic garden, tend several greenhouses, then go visit the various critters before whiling away a lazy afternoon on the porch with a tall glass of iced tea and a good book. As if that's how it worked in real life. Funny how those ads never explained exactly how much work your own little slice of paradise can be.
The intervening years have pared a few things off that dream farm. Chickens, yes. Cows, not so much Although I am contemplating a pig. One pig. Named Bacon. Okay, maybe two so we can also have his brother Ham. Acres of garden became a handful of raised beds and those greenhouses...well, we're planning the first one.
The Mother Earth News is still here, however. And they are waking those dreams of gardens as far as the eye can see, although I'd like some minions to weed and harvest, please.
They have two new tools that I am planning on making heavy use of as we wend our way towards summer:
Each of these searches a collection of mail-order catalogs (over 500 for the seeds!) and returns results from across the entire collection. I have found quite a few seeds and plants that I want; Enough to fill that unbuilt greenhouse, in fact.