Seasonal Calendar

This calendar/journal is my planning tool as I follow the rhythm of the seasons and try to eat seasonally and locally from the fruits of my own labor.


  • Preserve lemons
  • Make lemon, orange and lime marmalade and freeze cubes of juice for summer jams
  • Start seed lists
  • Order seeds!


  • Start tomatoes and cole crops indoors
  • Start new cover crops and chicken forage in garden
  • Make onion jam
  • Make applesauce and apple jelly with any apples starting to dry out


  • Make enough soap and lotion to last through summer
  • Take inventory of canned and frozen goods
  • Host spring barter
  • Make IPA
  • Solstice!
  • Get new chicks
  • Start potatoes, peas, claytonia, sorrel, purslane, arugula, raab, spring lettuces outside


  • Pickle or ferment asparagus
  • Make rhubarb jam
  • Freeze rhubarb juice for summer soda
  • Move tomato starts outside under protection
  • Start carrots, parsnips, radishes, dill, cilantro outside
  • Fertilize flowering strawberries
  • Hill potatoes


  • May Day!
  • Start squashes, beans and corn
  • Dehydrate spring herbs and tea leaves
  • Make herbal extracts
  • Order lamb, pig and cow
  • Pickup first chicken package
  • Buy tuna from St. Jude
  • Start mushrooms


  • Make strawberry jam and dehydrate strawberries
  • Pickle ginger shoots
  • School out!
  • Pickle or freeze peas
  • Make raspberry jam and freeze berries
  • Celebrate solstice!
  • Start winter crops in trays
  • Pickle and ferment beets
  • Buy salmon


  • Take out pea vines and feed to goats
  • Dry mustard seeds
  • Pickle and ferment remaining spring carrots, drench beds with beneficial nematodes and start winter carrots
  • Make crab apple pectin
  • Make applesauce from early apples (ginger gold, king or lodi)
  • Dehydrate and can cherries
  • Can peaches and peach salsa, dehydrate apricots and make preserves
  • Beach trip!
  • Direct sow remaining winter crops
  • Braid garlic, dry onions, harvest early potatoes
  • Dry mint, lemon verbena, lemon balm, chamomile, Echinacea, elderberry and jasmine flowers and raspberry leaves for winter teas


  • Forage for elderberries and sumac, make syrup
  • Make zucchini relish, bread and butter pickles and kosher dills
  • Can, ferment or freeze eating beans, dry shelling beans
  • Freeze or dehydrate blueberries
  • Harvest late potatoes and peppercorns
  • Can or dehydrate tomatoes, tomato sauce, ketsup and ferment salsa
  • Go blackberry picking and make blackberry jam or syrup
  • Make plum jam and dehydrate plums
  • Plant turnips, rutabagas and cover crops or chicken forage
  • Pickup last chicken package from farmer
  • Pickup lamb


  • School Starts!
  • Dehydrate hardy ginger blossoms
  • Ferment or can pickled or roasted peppers, red chile sauce, hot sauce and fermented green tomato enchilada sauce.
  • Make beet and carrot kvass, sauerkraut, and kimchee
  • Take out zucchini, beans and tomatoes plants
  • Store winter squash, potatoes, onions and garlic in garage
  • Amend strawberry bed and cut down fruited raspberry canes, compost and fertilize
  • Make apple cider
  • Can grape juice and dehydrate grapes
  • Make kiwi jam and dehydrate kiwis
  • Dry and store almonds and hazelnuts
  • Press sunflower oil or dry flower heads to save seeds
  • Order olives for fermenting
  • Make elderberry syrup
  • Celebrate Solstice!
  • Pickup pig and cow
  • Make and can bone broth
  • Stuff sausages
  • Cure bacon, ham and prosciutto
  • Smoke butt and other cuts
  • Render lard
  • Make cheese!
  • Smoke feta and chipotles
  • Attend fall barter fair


  • Cure olives
  • Make winter soap and lotion
  • Make beeswax candles
  • Forage for rose hips, make rose hip jam and honey
  • Mulch strawberries
  • Plant new fruit trees and vines
  • Store apples and pears in garage
  • Start Christmas Beer
  • Make chow chow
  • Make mustard
  • Plant crocus for saffron, garlic, shallots and onions
  • Make apple butter
  • Move red wiggler worms inside
  • Start indoor meal worms for winter chicken feed


  • St. Martin’s Day – eat goose!
  • Roast, puree and freeze winter squashes
  • Make pumpkin butter
  • Prepare Thanksgiving Feast
  • Make gingerbread houses
  • Make Christmas gifts
  • Host Jul Gift Barter
  • Forage for medlar, make paste or jam


  • Go Caroling!
  • Grandma arrives for two weeks – visit Santa, Candy Cane Lane, decorate tree, make cookies and candies
  • Bake Lucia Bullar and celebrate Santa Lucia
  • Solstice!
  • Prepare Jul foods ahead of time:  pickle salmon, make meatballs, prepare Johanson’s frestelse, make crackers and bread
  • Midnight mass
  • Glad Jul!  12 days of Christmas begin.
  • Enjoy, knit, quilt, read the rest of winter away

12 Responses to Seasonal Calendar

  1. What a great calendar. Thanks Annette!

  2. This is amazing-how busy you must be! It gives me all kinds of ideas to add to my own calendar.

  3. Very cool! Love it. Love the idea of going back to the old way of living life, simply and more healthy. People wonder where all this cancer and other diseases are coming from. We eat crap!! It is getting worse with each generation and people forget the old ways of doing things.
    Thanks, Heidi

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  5. Growing you own rather than eating store bought process foods is a much better way of eating. The challenge is that you can only eat certain vegetables and fruits during certain partS of the year and you then have to preserve or freeze the rest of the food so you can have it available in other parts of the year. What if you could grow anything you wanted to any time of the year than you could have fresh anything anytime of the year. This is possible with the system I describe in my website.

  6. Annette, I’m wondering when you move your cole crops outside in the Spring? Thanks!

  7. Annette Cottrell

    Hi Myrnie,
    My planting and “set out” dates are in the edible seed list at the bottom of this page:

    That was for a previous year and I think the last frost date this year is March 17 so you may want to wait until end of March or early April depending on your location. Hope you are doing well!

  8. Ive been making beer for a little while now. It’s great! IPA’s are always a hit.

    Now I’m thinking of making my own cheese. Yum.

    Lettuce and broccoli seeds are being watered…now I’m stepping up to starting some tomato seeds on the heat mat this weekend.

  9. Annette Cottrell

    Jim, I hope you do. Take the March challenge and make cheese!

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