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!