Has anyone looked to see if their community rents garden plots for the summer? When I lived in NJ, some communities did it but the plots were small. I relocated to IL and would die to live on a farm, but landed in a cookie-cutter community with lots less than 1/4 acre and HEAVILY restricted. My realtor suggested looking for community plots and offered up some neighboring towns that have them, but turns out that my own town has HUGE (20'x30') lots and still has them available with no max on how many you can sign up for... $15/each for the summer! :O
HOLY MOLY!!! I was ready to literally dance in my kitchen!!!!
IT. IS. NOT. AS. HARD. AS. YOU. THINK!!!!! Seriously!!!! I've given talks to my local HMN chapters about getting started gardening and everyone is always surprised how it's not as complicated as you think!
If you consider doing this (or doing it in your yard), just some tips:
1. Start with three veggies and make sure they are things you eat often. Even I get sucked into the whole "Man, I'd love to eat more X--let me grow that!" but I PROMISE you that is not the way to start!
2. Some simple stuff to start with are beans, lettuce, zucchini, and tomatoes.
3. Get some good guides. There are 4 I would recommend having on hand. Square Foot Gardening (will show you how to use your space to get the most yield from it plus how much to plant for how many peopel, etc.), The Vegetable Gardeners Bible by Smith (not great for wide row method, but other good method ideas and excellent info on companion planting and what NOT to plant stuff near for veggies), and the last two are (believe it or not) from Ortho: Home Gardener's Problem Solver (AWESOME--with pictures of what the issues look like) and All About Vegetables (also great!)
Hopefully this will inspire some of you to reduce your food bill a bit! If you plant too much of your stuff, remember you can preserve it for the cold season! :D