Growing Vegetables to Survive Tough Times

by Anonymous

I have put in a small garden. Just about 15 feet X 30 feet. Planted Crook Neck Squash, Zucchini, Okra, Corn, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Potatoes, Radishes, and various herbs for my wife's kitchen. We don't have to buy veggies, and have even lost weight since we eat more healthy foods.

If you really want to know how to survive tough times, then talk to your grandparents, or parents. Especially if they were alive during or shortly after the Great Depression. My grandmother has been a wealth of information!

Good Luck,

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Gardens are great!
by: Jane

I didn't live through the first depression, but my parents did. I grew up with a yard full of food growing. We had a raspberry patch, fruit trees (apple, apricot, cherry, peach & plum), and a large garden.

My mother spent every fall bottling fruit for the winter. She baked our bread and every labor day we "shucked" 12 dozen ears of corn which we put in the freezer - both on the cob and off. I sure hated shucking the corn but I loved eating it all year long!

It would do us all good to go back to growing our own fruits and veggies.

Growing Vegetables - The good stuff
by: Midge

Don't let anybody fool you; feeding yourself is a lot of work. Gardening, picking, drying, canning, etc. You can spend a lifetime. But what the heck, what's that lifetime for? Honest skills, healthy habits, good food, happy family, good friends.

The best things in life seem to revolve around a healthy harvest and well-laden table. We all gather in the kitchen for the really important times.

Every time I start that spring ritual of spading up the garden I'm already thinking of Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.

by: Anonymous

I mean yum! My latest discovery is purslane. I've got some seeds and I'm told it's a problem weed that grows like crazy. Eat like a salad. I found this site looking for other veggie suggestions.
and purslane is called miners lettuce, helped keep those greedy souls alive during the old CA gold rush.

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