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Advantages to cold dry hillside homesteading?

 
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Im trying to think of a few benefits to homesteading in cold dry climates on hill sides... besides the cost of land...lol

anyone know any delicious plants that require hard long freezes? im talking zone 7b still with a 5month hot growing season (south central WA)
 
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My cold dry garden has few insect pests, and approximately ZERO mosquitos. Hillsides are great for growing orchards and vineyards, because frost damage is minimized.

South facing hillsides are great for keeping animals, because they stay warmer in the winter, and offer earlier grazing in spring, and later grazing in fall.

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