I apologize, but I haven’t had time to write a post of my usual quality lately since my work schedule changed. Soon it’ll be going partly back to the way it was before, so hopefully I’ll have more time then. For now you will be getting crop rotation and barometers.
So about plants: crop rotation is important if you plan on doing some subsistence farming. Supposedly it helps prevent damage from bad insects. They’ll be looking for whatever it is they were eating last year, and if it’s in a different place there’s a rumor that this somehow makes this difficult for them. If you add peanuts to your rotation (assuming they are not an invasive species in your area) it also supposedly fertilizes the soil by leaving some plant matter underground. The soil then breaks down this plant matter and fertilizes itself. One more thing: Wikipedia recommends alternating between deep-rooted and shallow-rooted plants. I fully admit to being out of my element on the subject of plants, so let’s move on.
If you’re looking to distance yourself a bit from electronics but still find yourself checking the weather forecast on a television or the internet, you can also get an idea of how the weather might be on any particular day by going outside and checking a barometer. They don’t actually need to be outside, or so sayeth my grandmother, but if you’re outside then you can also get an idea of the cloud cover and temperature. If you live in a place with little air pollution it’s also a good opportunity to catch a breath of fresh air. Of course you don’t have to rely entirely on a barometer and your senses. You can always keep doing the zombie-stare at the screen if you want to.
P.S. I recommend learning the difference between insects that help and harm your plants if you don’t already have a grip on it. Three good ones: bees, butterflies and ladybugs.