Gardening in the 70s

One of my own personal goals is to be more self sufficient. I  remember during the 70s that we had our own garden. We grew tomatoes, lettuce, pumpkins, corn, green beans, peas (ewwwww), grapes, zucchini, and other many other things. When the food was ready to be harvested, we would bring it from the garden and prep it for canning. Once canned, it would be stored in the basement to be eaten thru the winter.

I wish I could say that I had gotten more out of this. I feel fairly competent that I could grow a decent somewhat of a garden, but I have no clue about getting it ready for canning.

It seems that as the years go by, people as a whole get more and more unable to sustain themselves. Maybe part of the problem is that it isn’t cost efficient to grow your own garden these days. In my own thought process though, it seems that this should be vital knowledge as part of our own survival. You never know when you might need it.



What you are writing is so important. Many of us, including myself, are not able to sustain ourselves. We rely on others for production. And every year it just gets worse. When my parents were growing up, they had farm land and grew just about everything. They even made their own breads, jams, pastas, etc. If my mother had to do it all over again, she wouldn’t have a problem; she’s got the skills and knowledge. I’ve never lived that kind of life, and would perish if hard times hit…LOL…:)


My parents did the same thing with bread, jams and pasta. Though my mom was not the best on the pasta side. My grandmother had that superb knowledge. Her homemade noodles were second to none.


Never had a garden growing up nor do we now. Agree that more individuals are moving in that direction either to be more environmentally friendly or out of necessity. I believe that it is a good skill to have and to pass along.


It is hard to justify taking the time to bake bread when you can go to the store and buy a loaf for a little over a buck. But I am going to do it anyway just so I know how.

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