I don't any longer but when I was little we used to grow tomatos in the garden. They were almost a pet to me. A pet that I could eat. I never liked eating tomato in its true form, from the shops, but I'd happy munch down one that I'd raised myself. Can't beat fresh fruit. I think we grew peas too actually.
I'd like to grow some again in future but our garden at the moment isn't fit to grow grass.
If I could keep things alive I would. I have managed to keep a little herbs growing in a hanging plantar on my back porch so next year I think I might give tomatoes in those upside down planters a whirl In ground growing I don't think would be good for me.
Ive grown up always having a big garden. I don't currently but plan to have some plants next year. I've made/bottled jelly, salsa, tomatoes, apricots, pears, peaches. I was even good and made a lot of my own baby food for my first kid and bottled it.
Oh and we always freeze our own corn every year too.
I have a bit of a green thumb myself. I've grown a good size garden before. Tomatoes, peppers, hot peppers, corn, zucchini, squash, onions, carrots, and turnips. Nothing beats a natural meal of deer steak and fresh corn.
I have a big balcony myslef, gonna start now. Was unsure as its very hot here in summer, so waiting till it cools down before i start planting some things. Want to grow things fast, so Peppers i hear, anything else thats quick and easy, potatoes as well no?
Is it hard to dry your own food?