I guess I'm fortunate to live where I live because I've got a Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and the only new hybrid Publix within a mile of my house, and within 5 miles I've got a gourmet grocery called Fresh Market, two all organic groceries, a gourmet butcher that carries Kobe beef and Kurobuta pork, and a number of farmers markets that sell local produce and local seafood all year round.
Yeah, it's expensive but when I really honestly crunch the numbers I clearly spent as much or more on fast food, chips, pizza, doctor visits, prescriptions, etc. before I started this. But I still have my limits. $20 plus for piece of Kobe beef or $20 for a little jar of honey is just crazy to me and I won't pay it unless I just have a need to feel like Thurston Howell III for a little while. Instead I find that I bounce around to all these stores throughout the week. I'll pick up some scallops and greens at the farmers market on Saturday morning, a half gallon of raw goat's milk at Food and Thought when they get it fresh on Tuesday, some Kurobuto pork chops at Jimmy P's when I'm in the area, and I always shop the sales at Whole Foods.
Still, I'm really intrigued by the idea of growing my own. Already I've got a lot of free and effortless produce just from my trees ... avocados, papaya, mangos, starfruit, bananas, macadamias, guavas, cherries, and so on. I'd love to add some veggies but I don't really want to plant a garden. Seems like I could incorporate some things right in to the landscape without my house looking like a farm but I'm not really sure where to start. I know they grow a lot of tomatoes and blueberries in south Florida and that generally, winter is the growing season. But it seems to me that with all the shade from my trees I could probably grow stuff all summer too. Since the soil is so sandy I guess I'd need to create some raised beds and I'm not sure what to do about the bugs and rodents that would likely be competing for my food. Anybody have any tips for a wanna-be south Florida gardener?
"If we’re not supposed to eat animals, how come they’re made out of meat?" - Tom Snyder, talk show host