gardens and canning

By jimLE Latest Reply 2014-06-24 09:20:33 -0500
Started 2013-12-11 10:48:30 -0600

anyone here have a garden dureing the growing season? and does anyone can thier own food? i already have rutger tomato-tendersweet carrot-early summer crookneck squash-emerald okra-national pickling cucumber-golden bantam corn-california black-eyed cowpea and lincoln pea.i figured id start my own garden next growing season.then start canning my own foods.any suggeston on one or both situations?

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GabbyPA 2014-06-23 09:30:28 -0500 Report

I don't know how I missed this discussion....two of my favorite topics. I have grown and canned my own harvest and there is nothing more satisfying...well, maybe there is. But this is definitely at the top. You get to control what is in your food 100% this way and it's great.

I've canned green beans, tomatoes, salsas, zucchini, relish, pickles and more. I also have frozen a lot of things like my broccoli and kale.
You can also dehydrate veggies and fruits for soups and snacks.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-23 14:28:02 -0500 Report

Gabby; I think you must be my twin sister. We are so much alike when it comes to this it's one of my very favorite things too. Of course when I was growing up we didn't have the freezer, but I make good use of mine now. Including dehydrating some fruit & veggies, and especially drying herbs. I love it, knowing exactly what I'm eating.

GabbyPA 2014-06-24 09:20:33 -0500 Report

It's the best way. This year, my garden has gotten too wet and is in failure right now. The snails are EVERYWHERE! Everything just rotted. I have a ton of tomatoes on the plants, but the plants are water logged. It's very sad. I need a good weekend to go out and rip everything up. get it ready for fall....bummer.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-23 04:58:18 -0500 Report

I was raised on home grown produce and home canning. We always had a big garden. My mother canned almost everyday. My fondest memories was everyone sitting outside under that big ole tree in the front yard, shelling peas and beans, and shucking corn. Even our neighbors kids loved to help. Daddy always raised some watermelons and shared with the neighbors so they enjoyed eating watermelon and spitting the seeds to see who could spit them the farthest and we all loved pickled watermelon rind. My husband came from a family that raised a big garden and canned also. So of course we followed in our parents foot steps and did the same until we had to move with our job to areas where it was hard to raise anything.
One idea I can suggest is google the words Ball Canning Recipes, or go to Amazon books ( unless you have a book store or library that has canning books). Ball canning has been around as long as I can remember. I still have a few of my Mothers first canning jars, the kind with the bale tops.

Chevy Vega
Chevy Vega 2014-06-23 07:52:40 -0500 Report

You mentioned watermelons. My wife has a very successful garden, but, one year, she decided to grow a watermelon. The plant produced a watermelon about the size of a golf ball. :)

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-23 08:42:28 -0500 Report

Other than that watermelons grew great in our deep sandy soil in NW Ar. and my husbands home in, NE TX. I would suggest check with your county agent. You can take them a sample of your soil and be able to tell you what varietie's will grow best in your area, and if there is an additive you can add to your soil, for example sand, pot ash, etc.

jimLE 2014-06-21 20:41:12 -0500 Report

i've started my won garden this year.and its larger then what i normally go the past.i only went with 4 tomato plants and 4 i have corn tomato and okra.this year is trail run for thing im doing that a friend taught he always covered his garden with grass clippings.not only to keep grass n weeds from growing there.but the ground stays wet longer.and the clipping firtilize the ground at the same time..also.if can keep garden area flat and level as'll take less water to water your crops.and as for a new comer at i have a lot to learn on that my self..

jayabee52 2014-06-22 15:18:31 -0500 Report

I have gardened and put up a lot of produce in the past with my (ex) wife. We raised our 3 sons on a lot of that produce. At one point in our lives we put up 144 cans of tomatoes and tomato products (juice, sauce and concentrtrate) That did not count the green beans, the fruit, pickles, and so forth. (not counting what we put up in the freezer)
We found a book which was invaluable to help us do it right: "Stocking up" ~

We did the grass clippings and our friend cut the half block lawn from the church next door and dumped them on the garden. The boys had fun tunneling in the grass clippings, but they also got to help spread the clippings around (not so much fun - too much like work)

Great memories. .

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-11 11:28:16 -0600 Report

My community is has an Urban farm that consists of two sides of a city block. My sister is the gardener and a Certified Master Gardener. She also plants veggies in pots in our yard. I just harvested the last of the sage for the winter.

I do not can anything. It is too time consuming. I do know that with Kale, Collards and Spinach that you can freeze it as is. I also cook and freeze those veggies along with green beans. I don't eat squash, and most beans and lentils but I do cook and freeze Lima Beans. I have made pickeled beets with my mom who also canned jellies, applesauce and other foods. I did not continue to do that once she passed. It is so good having veggies in the dead of winter on hand.

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