Do You Grow Your Own Food?

If–due to some natural disaster or some sort of post-apocalyptic situation–I’m ever forced to live off the land, I’m not sure I’d survive. Sure, I’ve messed around with gardening. Last year I had a bumper crop of tomatoes! But can a family of three survive on tomatoes alone? Probably not.

What about you? Do you grow your own food? Do you dream of growing all your own food?

My Garden Failures (Or, How Do I Revive My Dying Vegetable Plants?)

I suffer from Black Thumb. I can’t seem to grow veggies! I’ve tried. Year one I had moderate success, despite starting too late in the season. Year two yielded a few pounds of green beans and maybe five tomatoes from five tomato plants. The next few years were a blur of blossom end rot, un-sprouted seeds, and one-inch carrots.

This was my garden about a month ago. It actually doesn’t look so bad here, but keep in mind that the raised bed in the background has virtually nothing in it but a few dying cukes and peppers.

This year in a new house with a new back yard, I vowed it would be different. I checked books out from the library and pored over my copy of the Vegetable Gardener’s Bible by Ed Smith. We made new raised beds, filled them with brand-new four-way soil recommended for veggie gardens, and planted everything according to the directions. It was sunny and I watered my garden faithfully. Why, then are the leaves from my pepper plants turning yellow? Why aren’t some of my plants any bigger now than they were a month ago? Why won’t the carrots, lettuce, and basil sprout?