One of cool things about our house when we bought it is the existing garden bed. However, it had not been touched in years and was incredibly overgrown. It was a jungle in there! Matt spent a whole summer just clearing everything out. So we didn’t even have a garden that summer. This is the second year we have had it and it has been successful. There is lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, green beans, and rhubarb. There is nothing better than having a salad with dinner made with fresh vegetables picked from the garden just 10 minutes prior. There are also zinnias and of course sunflowers!
Last year we grew so much that we just couldn’t eat it fast enough or give enough away before the vegetables started to go bad. So rather than anything go to waste, we started canning! I should say Matt started canning and I am going to give him all of the credit for the garden and anything that has to do with it. I just eat the stuff. Because the garden produced a million cucumbers (not exaggerating), Matt wanted to try to make pickles. No, I will take a little credit. I helped get all the equipment. The recipe for these pickles was found at the blog Food in Jars.
In a previous post I talked about the great blueberry picking Matt and I did at Turkey Hill Farm. We went back again this weekend to get more blueberries, ending up with about 7 pounds. What are we going to do with these you may ask? Make blueberry jam! This recipe can also be found at Food in Jars.
We have plenty of blueberries left so watch out for delicious recipes I will make with them.
Overall, canning seems to be very easy. It just takes a lot of time because you have to wait between steps. But, if you have a garden or have an abundance of fruits and vegetables, definitely give canning a try. There is nothing better than making something homemade instead of buying it at the grocery store.
Once the pickles and blueberry jam are ready to be opened, I will give you an update on how they taste…can’t wait! We are hoping to try a bunch of different recipes too so I will be sure to share them.