(1) Take a walk
Take a walk in your neighborhood, your backyard, or a local park. In additional to the exercise you will be getting be sure to observe the plant life all around you. Buy or rent, from your local library yes they still have them, an edible plant book. Read and reread sections that interest you. Get to know those plants that you want to try.
Many of the plants people call weeds are actually edible. Get to know what season these plants are best harvested. Work on identifying them throughout the seasons so you will remember where each plant is located. Remember to always harvest these plants ethically, never overharvest a slow growing plant. A good rule is to only take 5% of very slow growing plants like ramps. Plants that are deemed invasive can be harvested at will and still come back year after year.
(2) Plant a tree or 10
Planting a few fruit trees is like giving a gift to your future self. The first step is to future what fruit or nuts you like to eat. Once that is figured out, make sure it will grow in your area. In the northeast the sectional of fruit and nut trees is quite large so you should be able to find several options. Now is the time to pick the cultivar of that particular tree. Again be sure to plant cultivars that you enjoy eating and that will thrive in your location.
Your next step is to order your trees early so you can have the best selection. Come spring prep your planting sight. Planting your tree is as easy as following these simple steps….link to tree planting hacks. Given the right care your fruit trees will be bestowing you with bushels of fruit for years to come.
(3) Ditch the Gym
Many people list getting in shape for their new year’s resolution. Gym memberships are expensive, consider taking up gardening instead. Working outside in your garden can be a workout if you want it to be. Most importantly tending a garden is great for the body, mind, and soul. Harvesting the healthy bounty is just an additional benefit. By mid-summer you will find yourself flushed with fresh veggies. Snacking on just picked cucumbers, carrots, and salads will insure that your new years resolution keeps you feeling fit and healthy all season long.
There you have it, follow these three tips and get 2016 off to a great start. Remember it's never too early to plan for that spring or summer edibles! What are you doing in 2016 to make it your best year yet? Let us know in the comments section.