Things for my ideal house, continued:
- Enough garden to grow about 75% of my food. That would be vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs, spices, and a few free-range chickens for eggs. I’d grow potatoes for starch instead of much bread. Peanuts, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, and eggs for protein. Apples, blackberries, muscadine grapes for vitamins and sweetness. I could can and preserve for the off-season, but cold frames extend the growing seasons. The only food I bought each week could be just a few pounds of meat, some dairy, and something that just won’t grow here, like chocolate or bananas.
- A bicycle for short trips that don’t have much cargo. Maybe an electric vehicle (remember those solar panels and the extra electricity? Charge the car or motorcycle.
- An acre. This could all be done on an acre, which maybe isn’t practical for the city. But many plots outside the city limits are at least an acre without being a gazillion in property tax.