I have an Acre homestead on Gulf Central Fl. I have about 500sq feet dedicated to raised beds and containers, fruits and a green house. I've always been a gardener and with my LEO background and Tactical Weapons enthusiasm, prepping has become natural to me. I've become a good enough gardener to realize what one needs to grow for subsistance. Firstly....someone wanted a Topsy tervvy tomatoe grower.......forget that crap. You can get the same effect hanging spackle buckets if you need to grow things off the ground. Next, only concentrate on growing what you actually eat. A bumper crop of eggplant means nothing if nobody will eat it. I've found the following vegetables easy to grow and most are nutrient packed: Leaf Lettuce, Collar Greens, Tyfon or Holland Greens, Beans...any beans......loads of dry beans for storage, potatoes, watermelon, cherry tomatoes, summer squash, Italian sweet peppers...the long ones, scallions, vidalia onions, plum tomatoes for saucing, fava's, hot peppers. I left out plants like Cukes, radishes, cantaloupes, eggplant, spinach....some I can't grow, won't eat or they just don't have much nutrition to them like Cukes. Just screwing around in 2011, I put up 25qts of sauce, 10qts of salsa, 25lbs of dry beans and got over 1800lbs of food from my beds. I also have extensive fruits in the form of blueberries, cherries, pear, nectarine, plum, apricot trees and a friend is giving me an avacado tree this friday.
I get water from rain barrels I place on my patio and near the green house....55 gallon food grade plastic drums. I don't shoot squirrels, coons or possums but I could if needed to. I fish and could supplement the food stores if needed. If you don't have a green thumb. Take a look at All American Selections when you look at seed. These generally are dependable, easy to grow crops, that will grow just about anywhere in the US. Sorry for rambling on in my first post.....cool site.