These are some of the articles from over thirty years of gardening in hostile climates like the Mountain West. I found little in traditional books on gardening that helped me much with too intense sun, wind, extremely dry conditions, as well as daily extremes of hot and cold, even during the winter. I also found little on gardening for survival, meaning eating out of a garden. There are books on "too much zucchini" and some great books on hobby gardening, but we were poor and needed to eat what we grew.
I have started trying to organize and compile some of my experience. I have a long way to go, but I thought you might enjoy some of these articles to get you thinking about being serious about growing your own food. There is no longer any excuse; bad weather, rising costs, bad industry practices, and a long drought are forcing us to rethink eating and food.
I have also had major health issues all my life that are helped a great deal by diet. I believe firmly that many of our ills can be treated by the way we eat. I encourage you to experiment and to try to use your own head about your problems rather than run to a doctor. Doctors know a heck of a lot, but they may not know you as well as you know yourself. They can only prescribe something that treats your symptoms in many people. This can lead to all kinds of complications. Be responsible, be well!