My wife and I have been gardening for nearly 40 years. Marilyn does flowers and herbs and she is a veritable Hortus when it comes to perennials, shrubs and NE wildflowers. I concentrate on vegetables. We do a lot of things that can be described as self-sufficiency with respect to food and work around the house. We are in our second historic house and, while some things still get me frustrated (sorry Marilyn), we do most of our own work around the house. We cook, garden, walk, hike, bike,read, travel and keep a few cats as well as a terrific Border Terrier who keeps the cats alert. Most of what we know, we attribute to reading and trial and error. I bake pretty good artisan breads and Marilyn is the best jam, jelly, preserves and conserves maker I know.