EATING OFF THE LAND

Thankfully the humidity has finally broken, now back to our regularly scheduled SoCal weather!

Boy, the harvest is really starting to come in now with loads of veggies and fruits!!! Our meals are practically 90% homegrown right from our backyard – whoops front yard too!

For instance, yesterday for lunch and dinner we had fried green tomatoes (ones that prematurely fell off the vine), a humongous salad with homemade dressing and cream of tomato/veggie soup and a slab of bread. And for dessert, a fruit bowl. What a blessing this season’s been!

Right here in the midst of the city, we are practically living off the land, except for a few basic necessities. We have to keep reminding ourselves that we are only working on 1/5 of an acre here! Imagine what a person could grow with 1, 2 or even 5 acres! Amazing! Seriously now, imagine if everyone just started to grow what food they could on their own piece of land. And what if gardens sprung up in empty lots or in front yards or balconies where people grew their own veggies or fruits that often cost an exorbitant amount in grocery stores.

We often joke that we’d never buy what we produce from the store cuz’ it would be just too darn expensive. French filet beans are going for $10.99 a pound at Bristol Farms and heirloom tomatoes are at $6.99 a pound. Outrageous! And these are non-organic prices! Now, I’m not saying that growing all the veggies will save you money all the time, especially when organic corn on the cob go 6 for $1 – that’s downright cheap and a hard price to beat when you figure on the amount of water you spend on growing your own corn. Hmmm, so I guess it just depends on what you grow.

What do you readers think? Does growing your own food save or cost you more money then, say buying from a grocery or local farmer’s market? Let’s hear from you, pros and cons… please post in the comments box below.

Also, here’s andinteresting posting from our site;I am curious to know how air pollution from cars, etc affects urban permaculture. I am gradually planting my backyard with veggies and fruits and herbs as well as flowers for the pollinators. My concern is that the pollution will make the food unhealthy to eat. How much noxious fumes do the trees actually take in? Any info would be appreciated.

Hmmm, that’s an excellent question Harmony! We live near a major freeway and notice that the pollution makes our home extremely dusty… Achooo!! Since we don’t have AC, window and doors are open all day and boy does this place get a film of dust – I hate dust! I do hope that washing the produce helps, but I know it’s not a perfect situation. We do the best we can. What do you think?

Weather Report: Hot, but it’s a dry heat!

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  1. DeadAt40 says:

    For 3 years I’ve been keeping a spread sheet for our budget. I know exactly to the penny what we spend on groceries. If I remember to repost here in about 3 months I’ll be eating most of our groceries out of our yard, and I’ll be able to tell you the difference. The only thing is with the incredible recent increase in food cost even if it’s the same it will reflect an actual savings due to the decreased value of the food dollar.

  2. angie says:

    It definitely saves me money to grow what we eat! Our last frost is in May and our first frost is in September, but for the summer months I spend maybe $60 or $70 on plants & seeds, and I eat hundreds of dollars’ worth of fresh produce. Organic corn seeds cost me a few cents and produce one or two ears of corn per plant – and IF I can ever buy organic corn, it is a whole lot more than 6 for $1! Of course, we already have an apricot tree, two kinds of apple trees, grapes, raspberries and blackberries, so I don’t have to keep spending money on those. A greenhouse is pretty expensive, so it will be a while before that can be justified into the money-saving category, so for this year I am focusing on growing more like you do – with multiple layers, closer plantings, more compost & manure, using trellises & stakes to make use of vertical space, etc. I will also be growing things that store well like potatoes & winter squash, and preserving salsa & other foods to eat during the winter. I never want to be without a garden! This year I am buying bees, which will help even more in the long run. Hooray for increased self-sufficiency and sustainability!

  3. Justine says:

    Can you please inspire me? Not that you haven’t already!! lol I am just curious to see what you would do with 1, 5, 10, 50, 167 acres? I need a vision! We have the land and I am planning to do a lot next year due to being inspired by YOU! 🙂 But want to know what you would do with more – produce and plan.

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