Before I even heard of the Paleo diet – I had already started to grow fruits and vegetables at home.
We’re fortunate to live on about 2/3 of an acre of land in the Atlanta suburbs. Atlanta is fortunate (or at times cursed) to have a warm weather season that lasts from April to October. It means a really great growing season (and sometimes it’s even longer).
Not long after we moved in, we planted a blueberry bush. Then we planted a second one, and then we added a raspberry bush.
Then we started dabbling in a few herbs and a tomato plant or two.
Then came the strawberries. And then the fruit trees – two peach trees, a plum, two varieties of apples, and pears.
This spring we added two boxed gardens with a multitude of tomato plants (probably six or so) along with yellow squash, zucchini, some herbs, bell peppers, and sweet potatoes.
This year was out best yield yet. Our peaches have been plagued by bugs and fungus but we were able to increase our yield to probably close to fifteen pounds of peaches. Tomatoes suffered cracking at times due to uneven watering. Zucchini and squash was our lowest maintenance crop with the best yield for the work put in. Raspberries totaled more than a gallon and blue berries probably totaled three quarts.
So this fall, with Paleo in full effect for me, I’ve planted a fall vegetable garden. I built a new eight foot by sixteen foot raised bed and planted chard, broccoli, and cauliflower plants. From seeds, I’ve planted Arugula, Bibb, Kale, Mustard greens, Beets, Spinach and Bok Choy. I’m hoping for good results if we can hold the deer and squirrels off. It’s a good feeling growing more of what you eat and getting really great produce as the result.