I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA where the growing season is short, the altitude is 7000 feet high and the soil is very alkaline, miserably hard and lacking organic materials.
I’ve become a Jr. homesteader of sorts being as sustainable as is comfortable. I have goats down in the barn as friends and keep chickens for eggs. I became a topbar beekeeper to have pollinators and honey. I grow heirloom tomatoes and other vegetables that I sell at the Santa Fe Farmers Market. As a hobby I grow giant pumpkins and other giant vegetables. I like all aspects of vegetable gardening from growing to harvesting to preserving to cooking. For more information about growing, harvesting and preserving my vegetables go to my blog http://giantveggiegardener.com