I grew up in New England—many decades ago—and first started vegetable gardening when I was ten years old. I quickly grew to love it, producing more than enough for my immediate family (all nine of us) and for the neighbors. I also kept chickens (meat and eggs), rabbits, and, once, a duck.
After I moved away from home I lived all over the country.
In the late 1980s I moved to Pinellas county, Florida, and live there still. Life, of course, has its ups and downs and complications. I’ve only managed to do a little gardening in the last 25 years. Just this February, after fourteen years as an apartment dweller, I purchased a house with a good-sized back yard.
My whole lot is only 8500 square-feet—but that is larger than average in Florida’s most densely populated county.
This blog will be a record of my experiments with food growing in the subtropics. I already know it won’t be easy! Florida is famous for producing “off-season” fruits and vegetables to the rest of the country, but mostly does so with the aid of massive toxic inputs: fertilizers and pesticides. I do not plan on taking that course.
I invite you to follow along with my triumphs and tragedies!