Part of the reason that JC and I chose Oregon for a destination was that we could grow a lot of our own food. Right after we bought the house, he planted two apple trees, two pear trees, three grape vines, and six blueberry bushes. Then we ripped out about a fourth of the back yard lawn (we did this ourselves), and he built me a "bricked" veggie garden. I love it. This time of year is one of my favorites as we are planting and getting things going.