I am picky about my food. I am also broke, so I do my best with what I have. Once the initial investment is made in a garden, you have really cheap produce all summer long, and if you plan a large enough garden, you're covered all winter too! Plus you don't need pesticides, there are plenty of ways to deter pests naturally and chemical free!
I have been gardening on my balcony for years now. I made sure we had a south facing balcony the last time we moved. It gives me the best ability to grow a lot of stuff.
I have 6 pots lining the right side of this picture, with two potato pots under all those little herb pots you see at the top of the picture. We will have a lot of produce this summer just from this garden.
You see corn and peas (which are dying now, but were flowering in this picture) and a purple variety of beans! Fun! I also have two colors of tomatoes and a couple of varieties of peppers (one hot one sweet).
My daughter is growing a Teddy Bear Sunflower, which I have replanted since this picture, and I found some strawberries already in a pot, so I hope to finally actually harvest some this year, I hadn't been able to when I planted in hanging pots, they never fruited, and you also see my potato pot here.
Here are the first potatoes out of my pot! The pot has an insert with large holes so you can pull the pots apart for multiple harvests! I ended up with 3 pots because I found them on clearance mid-way through the season, so I'll have plenty of home-grown potatoes.
I don't have another picture, but I also have a garden at my Mom's house. I did 5 hours of planting there and 3 hours of weeding (so far!) and have plenty of veggies growing there, even some purple dragons (it's a variety of carrots). Fortunately we are able to grow bigger things there so we have squashes and melons there too. There are 5 varieties of tomatoes, peas, yellow beans, cauliflower, broccolini, beets (2 varieties), red and yellow corn, and I've already harvested some radishes once.
I'm hoping that we'll make it at lest into the fall this year, but if I can get my Mom to double the garden next year, we should go all winter long. I don't mind doing the canning and freezing, as long as I've invested in my families health, it will save a lot of money for other things.
I also love that when I plant my own stuff I can get things that I wouldn't normally find in the grocery store or would be too expensive for me to purchase otherwise. Who else can say they are growing purple dragons?
Today's Holidays: Compliment Your Mirror Day (you should do this every morning, it helps build confidence), Stay Out of the Sun Day (I suppose you could just put suntan lotion on, we can't all avoid the sun if we want to keep moving!), Color TV Birthday 1928, Eat Beans Day (I'll probably do that today with the home-made hummus I made yesterday) and National Chocolate Wafer Day.