This year we grew a garden and canned some of our produce with some success and a few failures. Who knew ground hogs love cantaloupe? Also, after 26 jars we learned there is an art to canning pickles without them becoming too mushy. This year we also let our neighbors grow a garden on our land near where it joins them. This guy (78 years old) has been growing gardens since he was a child and his wife is a canning expert. I plowed and tilled the ground and he took over from there. We learned a ton from them and his garden makes ours look pitiful. I was talking to one of our other neighbors who is also in the beginning stages of gardening and he said next year they are going to try to grow a garden and pretend that they will depend on it for survival for the next year/winter. I thought that was a great idea and my wife is on board to try it next year. The old man next door told me that next year will be the year of the locusts (every 17 years?) and gardening will be tougher but we are going to try it regardless.