One of the biggest reasons why people move to the country and start raising their own food is so that they can be more self-sufficient. Why then, do they often spend year after year pouring over seed catalogs?
I admit, the first few years of homesteading we did the same. Looking at seed catalogs and picking out our next year’s garden was like choosing our holiday gifts from the Sears catalog. Those of you who are my age or older will remember doing that.
Choosing your seeds from a catalog or picking them up at the feed store is just fine but you can also choose to save your seeds from previous harvests or even share seeds with other local homesteaders, gardeners, and enthusiasts in seed swaps. This not only saves you money, but it also allows you to select for the hardiest, juiciest, best fruiting plants in your garden to plant in subsequent years.