Over the years I have learned a few tricks of the trade-the hard way, by trial and error. In TX the final summer we were there, I was very diligent at tending my garden daily. It was beautiful and well watered until the summer refused to render temperatures less than 120. The garden bore big leafy plants but no fruit. Out of 6 zucchini plants I harvested 3 zucchini!! Two rows of green bean plants produced 5 green beans! ''Here kids, here's your green bean for the year.'' Disheartening!
So, despite my many efforts, as of yet, my gardening expertise has failed to produce more than a few things to eat.Last year we spent a year with my parents. I was pregnant and nearly bedridden, but my parents helped the rest of my family put in and bring about jars of green beans, tomato juice, applesauce, grape juice, bags of frozen corn, a cellar full of potatoes, freezer jam and frozen berries and my taste for homemade was renewed! The final button pushing my desire to try the homegrown/homemade thing yet again was a book called Animal Vegatable Miracle by Barbara Kingslover