I was reading the most interesting article the other day about a woman in her eighties who lived through the Great Depression that started in 1929, living in the Great Plains where farming was also failing, and farming methods were bad so not only was everyone dirt poor, but their were also huge dustbowl storms they had to deal with. She says that the Depression made people have to be tougher and stronger, and made them become self reliant, with many people starting to grow their own foods, even slaughter their own animals for meat, and canning their veggies and growing their own fruit trees.
She said that she also doesn’t think that people today have the capability for that same kind of toughness, and I would echo that sentiment, except I think that people will surprise you when faced with extreme conditions, especially when they are forced to either grow their own food or possibly starve to death. Not that I think this current economic situation is going to get as dire as that, but I’m just saying that already people have started to demonstrate creativity and gumption when faced with losing jobs and other aspects of dwindling assets.
It would be easier to grow your own food if, of course, you lived in a temperate climate like Florida or even on the west coast in California or Oregon, but here in Ohio, I’m afraid I’d be relegated to all greenhouse growing, my friend! The winters are stingingly cold and punishingly long, and the sunlight is sometimes scant for months at a time. I know that I can grow certain things though. I can grow strawberries, mint, and tomatoes, but I’ve never tried anything else.
My next venture into growing my own food is going to be cucumbers, since they are a great addition to salads, and I like just eating them on their own too. They’re also a very alkaline food, and help to neutralize any excess acid in the body, and they are almost zero calories, so really they’re the ideal food. Not to mention, they are really really good when they’re home grown, there’s just nothing that compares.