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I was at my local Home Depot yesterday in Concord, CA and was impressed by both the selection and the prices of their vegetable and herb plants. Most of the plants were 4/$10 or 3/$10 (for larger ones).
We grow vegetables and fruit in our suburban garden here in Northern CA. Although we are close to San Francisco, we are far enough inland that the Summers get quite hot and heat loving vegetables do well here.
On our small 1/5 of an acre property, we were able to dedicate an area that contains 13 veggie beds for growing vegetables. We also have several fruit trees: two apple trees, an orange, a cherry, and a pear. I am able to freeze enough of the surplus to use thoughout the year. This really helps to lower our food budget. I used to can foods too, but haven’t in awhile.
This year marks the 23rd year that we had our very first vegetable garden at our house. We have experimented with growing different things over the years, and now we are pretty much set on tomatoes, Japanese eggplant, various greens and lettuces, basil, pumpkins and squashes, as these are predictably good producers. My husband also grows hops to make homemade beer for Christmas gifts.
Nothing beats the taste of home-grown food in my book! And, there is something deeply satisfying about the process.
This year our tomatoes went in the ground last weekend, and we are going to plant some more stuff this weekend. I’ll be sure to share some photos of the progress!