Reprint: Self-Sufficiency Gardening in Climate Zones 8 and 9
Before I wrote for Natural Awakenings, ThePrepperProject.com and MotherEarthNews.com, I was published elsewhere, including over at SurvivalBlog.com. Back on September 18th, 2012 I posted the following article. Enjoy.
"Unemployment is rampant. The government is bankrupt. Foreclosures are everywhere. And one day soon, you may find your local grocery store has closed and shut off your supply of Hot Pockets. Most of us have never had to grow our own food. Those that have grown their own generally do it as a hobby – or as a way to get a vine-ripened tomato without selling a kidney.
Climate zones 8 and 9 [found in much of Arizona, parts of Florida, and the regions at the north end of California's Central Valley] are not a gardening paradise. If you go further south, you can grow tropicals year-round (like papayas and mangos) – further north [or into higher elevations], and you get fewer destructive insects and more options (like horseradish, gooseberries, and European pears).
However, that’s not to say you can’t grow food here..."
Read the rest at SurvivalBlog.com