A productive garden requires a well nourished soil that needs to be reneewed and restored each year. You can do that yourself by making a compost heap. Here is just one idea of how to do it.
In an out-of-the way area (shaded if possible), mark off an area approx. 6'x6' and pile (as available) the following: garden refuse, weeds, fruit and vegetable waste (no meats), dead leaves, lawn clippings, saw dust, wood ashes, egg shells.
Cover with an inch, or so, of soil and sprinkle with 1/2 c. lime to keep odors down. Add about 2 c. garden fertilizer. Keep layering up to several feet. Water aftre each addition. Leave impression on top to catch rain water or snow.
Turn pile with fork occassionally.
Add more soil to heap to keep from looking unsightly.
Too often we bask in our comfortable complacency and rationalize that the ravages of war, economic disaster, famine, and earthquake cannot happen here. Those who believe this are either not acquainted with the revelations of the Lord, or they do not believe them. Those who smugly think these calamities will not happen, that they somehow will be set aside because of the righteousness of the Saints, are deceived and will rue the day they harbored such a delusion. - Ezra Taft Benson