OK, as promised, some pictures of my budding garden:
Blackberries - kind of small but only going this is their 2nd season...
Chives - these things seem real easy to grow. Sometimes I grab a leaf and chew on it while I'm out here.
cucumbers - this year I got pickling kind..
Catawba grapes - these are my pride & joy so far, they're doing great. I just planted these early last summer. You can see in the next picture I'm not even finished with the upper part of the trellis and they're already nearing the top.
watermelon & cantaloupe going wild.
tomatoes in half 55 gallon food grade drums. I had to move them this year, they were in the spot where the melons were but late blight got them bad so I wanted to take them to some other dirt.
Squash, these things are insane! I'll have far more than I can eat - how do you store this stuff?
the few peaches I've got on my tree, just planted last year as a 1 yo tree.
Better shot of the whole tree, you can see my 2 apple trees in the background as well as all kinds of perennial flowers I planted around them to attract pollinators.
Can you tell I like the spices? Hey, that stuff is gettin' expensive.
A close up of my grapes - I'm so proud of them :D
I post all this up mostly for encouragement for other neophytes. Last year was the first time I ever grew anything in the ground besides grass and shrubs, certainly the first time I ever grew anything you could eat. All I know about this stuff is what I've read on here, in a couple of books I bought, from talking to a couple of home farmers, and trying stuff out last year and this. That's it.
I can't believe, really, how easy it is to grow stuff. Maybe not easy to grow enough to serve all your food needs, but certainly a lot of them, and you really don't need much space. I have less than an acre, and I've probably dedicated less than 1/10 of an acre to everything total. And I've got 100 feet of grapes, 50 feet of blueberries/blackberries, 3 fruit trees, plus the little vegetable garden. Within 3 years I plan to have several more raised beds - that's the only way to do it where I live IMO. I can control the soil, no tilling necessary, weeds are easy to pick, and pests seem severely limited. I should mention that I am completely organic, and try to use nothing at all (with the idea that if TSHTF, there won't be any running down to Lowe's for pesticides). It seems to me that if you provide good soil and enough water and light, the plants almost take care of themselves.
After fueling up their cars, Twyman says they bowed their heads and asked God for cheaper gas.There was no immediate answer, but he says other motorists joined in and the service station owner didn't run them off.