I'm not terribly good at introductions so I'll just get this over with then dive right in. My name's James and I'm a college student who has an unhealthy interest in plants. Read here botany. At any rate, a couple months ago I stumbled across a copy of “The Backyard Homestead” by Carleen Madigan. This book touts a vision of every house being mostly or entirely self-sufficient where its food needs are concerned with a large garden, chickens, and possibly even an ox. While I don't exactly have the ideal soil, lot, or work ethic for this sort of gardening (I've got hard, red clay coming out my ears on a lot that has a definite slope to it not to mention chronic laziness that would put a sloth to shame), I'm going to give it a shot and see what I can do. Although I like gardening, I'm far more interested in the amount of money I can save. Let's face it, buying food that's actually good for you adds up and I'm tired of paying retail for practically everything!
The main purpose for this blog is to not only focus me on this new hobby, but to help out other beginners avoid some of the pitfalls that I have also avoided.... or the ones I fell right into. I'm certain there will be plenty of the latter....
Gardening can be irritating, but I believe it's worth it in the end.
Pictures not taken by me from google