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The path to a simpler life doesn’t run smooth. We’d dreamed of growing our own vegetables, but the reality is that without about $8,000 to $10,000 in tree-removal costs, it’s not going to be possible on any big scale. Once the spring growth is done and the leaves are back, I will take stock and see if I have any sunny patches at all, but I already know it won’t be much.

So I’ll look into whether any food plants will grow in partial shade (I doubt there will be much to choose from there), and we will take advanatge of CSAs, farmers’ markets and other sources of good quality food. That will help us make the dietary changes we want, but not so much with the energy conservation and self-sufficiency.

When I bought my house 10 years ago, before I had any inkling of the kind of lifestyle I’d want in the future, the shade was a nice feature. It still will be in the summer heat, but it’s an obstacle for the backyard farming life.


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