Surviving the 70s – guest posters?
I had an interesting idea the other day – from everything I’ve read, we’re either economically speaking entering
- the 1970s
- the mid 1930’s – halfway through FDR’s 4 terms
- European style slow decline (2000–>today)
Given those possibilities, since those of us reading and writing the blog are old enough to remember #1, and others are old enough to have lived with parents who survived #2, why not swap “what we did to survive the days of rationing and stagflation”
If you have a blog, we can also just post a link to your story here.
My mom grew up on a farm – my grandparents who owned the farm would always say “we might not have a lot of $, but we never starve”. As a consequence, we gardened in the 1970’s. And canned (hands up for everyone who burned the tar out of themselves moving canning jars around a boiling pot of water). Mason jars have a special meaning beyond ice tea glasses at a kitchy restaurant.
Favorite crops: beans, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet peas
things that you planted & wondered later “why did I do that again!?” : zucchini
This year, I’m planting a non-hybridized seed garden with the boys. I assume that knowing how to grow their own food has shifted from a matter of nostalgia to a matter of necessity – thankfully we live in one of those mostly year round gardening climates. Add a rainwater collection barrel over the winter and we’ll minimally have a learning experience.
Other suggestions on good crops that you would recommend?