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I am originally from the rural Appalachians, specifically western North Carolina, as far west as you can go without having a Tennesee address. In that region, small and some not so small, home vegetable gardens are the norm not the exception. Many people raise enough so that they can preserve their bounty through the winter. Freezing, canning, and storing root vegetables in a cellar or "can house" dug into a bank behind the house is a way of life. When I was growing up potatoes came from a potato box in the back of the can house instead of the grocery store, and a "can" of tomatoes was a quart mason jar not a tin can.
As I have gotten older, and prices have gone through the roof, I have really started missing the old days. Unfortunatly, I live in a very populated portion of eastern North Carolina, and I live in a subdivision where space is at a premium. Even with these obstacles, my wife and I decided to dedicate a portion of our backyard to grow a few vegetables. I am not planning on surviving on what I grow but if I just get a little to subsidize what we buy at the grocery I will be that much ahead of the game. I also know excatly how these vegetables are grown, what fertilizers and pesticides were, or were not, used. So I guess in the long run I would say that I would rather grow food instead of grass!
So far we have planted tomatoes, onions, peppers, potatoes, asian melons, squash and cucumbers. We also plan to plant cool weather crops in the fall as the climate here is really mild and we should be able to have cool weather crops almost all the way through the winter months. Tractor Supply.
I will continue to update as the plants mature and let everyone know how successful we are at this venture. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for updates.