Ordering things to grow
I also ordered two Mulberry bushes and three tarragon plants from Fedco Trees for $64.00, and asparagus, shallots, leeks, aronia, and horseradish from Miller Nurseries for $70.20. Those weren't on the seed list, because they're all plants. I still have to put together an order for St. Lawrence Nurseries, which will be expensive because I'm getting a bunch of lingonberries.
The nice thing about the non-seed purchases is that most of it (except for the shallots and leeks) is perennials, so these won't likely be recurring costs. I'll probably also visit The Plantsmen nearby for similar things. Eventually I'd like to know how to collect seeds to reduce the seed costs generally, but I don't think this is the year to learn. (I have too much else to learn.)
We also placed an order for ten Cayuga ducks and twenty-five chickens from McMurray Hatchery, for a total of $126.15. Six of the chickens are Buff Orpington hens for Mary Ann, sixteen are Silver-Laced Wyandotte hens, and three are Silver-Laced Wyandotte roosters. The minimum order for ducks was ten and for chickens, twenty-five. The ducks were the most expensive, at $4.11 for straight run, while the Wyandotte roosters were a mere $1.27 each. I'm expecting most or all of the Wyandottes to move out to the orchard later this year.
I'm also thinking that I should spend some time focusing on plants (like the mulberry bushes) that are largely for the chickens and ducks, because my local feed supplier warns of increasing prices. I can't imagine that that problem is going to go away, and I think it means we'll have to limit the number of birds we keep here. (Angelika can keep a lot more in the orchard, where there's room to pasture them.)
Next, I need to figure out what infrastructure I'm building this year - trellises, hutches, coops, cages, fences, and so on. Josh had an idea for a greenhouse that's especially intriguing. Again, at least that stuff lasts a while!
I just realized that the title of this post has a couple of meanings, and I remember a Frog and Toad story in which Frog tells Toad that he's frightening his poor seeds in an effort to get him to be patient about them coming up. Toad, of course, goes a bit overboard, but everything works out in the end.