I like American Prepper's philosophy: Freedom through teaching others self-reliance. It's what I do: teach people to grow their own produce, and prepare & preserve its bounty. (Not selling you anything, but here's my web site.)
It is not too late to put in a vegetable garden. On June 30, there are some things to take into consideration when planning your garden. But it's not too late to plant a garden that could potentially keep you in beans, squash, pickles, peppers, tomatoes, collards, okra, ..., all winter! And it's certainly the right time to plan a fall garden with lettuce, mustand greens, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, ... .
Costs too much. Hogwash. A packet of yellow squash seeds is about $1.50. If all you grew was squash, you'd also have to buy a bag or two of rotted composted manure. That's $3.00 total. Total expenditure = less than $5. Six squash plants (you can save the rest of the seeds for next year) will produce about 24 pounds of squash, which-- and not including what you eat fresh this summer-- makes about 15 pounds of frozen sliced squash, enough to last pretty much all winter, I'd say. What's a pound of frozen squash going for these days? At least $1.50 I'd guess. $1.50 x 15 = $22.50. How does a garden cost too much?
Takes too much time. Poppycock. One nice weekend to get it in, a little pampering while it's getting established, 15 minutes a day just checking on it. Then you harvest.
Plant a garden. It's not rocket science-- people were growing their own long before you & I came along! If you need help or encouragement, comment or email me: northside.guerilla.farmer@gmail. I'll teach you what I can!