…they don’t shoot you, they eat you
7 Reasons Why You Should Grow Some Herbs And/Or Veggies
1: It’s pretty easy and not terribly expensive.
2: Many herbs & veggies grow well in pots.
3: Tons of books and websites to help you.
4: Fresh veggies and herbs are healthier than store bought.
5: They are way cheaper than store bought.
6: It’s good for the environment.
7: Homegrown veggies taste better.
You don’t need a hugeass garden. One zucchini plant will feed 3-4 people all they can eat plus plenty to freeze for winter. 2-3 tomato plants will do the same. Ditto chili peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, etc. For green beans, you can grow the vining pole beans (which produce beans over a long time period) or compact bush beans (which produce all their beans at once) and have green beans all winter. In the fall, you can plant spinach, lettuce, cabbage and several root veggies the spinach and root veggies will winter over quite well with only a bit of protection, like a layer of straw.
As for herbs, they are dead easy to grow and don’t even like really rich soil. Good old dirt mixed with a small amount of compost and some gravel works darned well. Since most herbs are perennials, once you get them established, you’re good to go for years.
If you have the room, you might consider a few berry vines (grow them in pots if the can become invasive) and strawberry plants. Even better, if you have a 6’X 6′ space, you can build a raised bed and plant 3-4 dwarf fruit trees in it. The root crowding, plus some judicious pruning, will keep them small and manageable. They will produce a surprising amount of fruit.
And don’t even get me started on why you ought to keep a few hens for eggs…