Friday, July 20, 2012


Do you love to feed your family fresh local grown food?  We have found that the best way to do this is to plant our own garden.  I was raised in a family that did a lot of gardening.  My husband as well.  We now grow a large garden that we enjoy the benefits of year round.  Not only do we get to eat fresh vegetables out of the garden all summer long, we do a lot of canning also.  By preserving our own garden vegetables, we can enjoy healthy food all year long.  Last year was our first at really canning from our garden.  We were so happy with our results that we plan to can even more batches!  We canned spaghetti sauce, salsa, applesauce, sauerkraut, sweet and dill pickles.  The apples were from a neighbor who wasn’t using the apples, so we got them for free!  They were an early variety that aren’t very tasty to eat, but were great for making applesauce.  Our spaghetti sauce is so fresh and tasty that it was gobbled up and we need to make sure we make another batch (totaling four) so we have enough to get us through til the next summer.  It’s so rewarding to serve this home grown, homemade food.  Even if you don’t have enough room for a large garden like we do, you can plant a small one or even in containers.  Looking forward to sharing with you pictures of our garden and our harvest and recipes for what we can in the next weeks!  Do any of you love to garden?

1 comment:

  1. I love to garden, but for now in our little apartment, we just use containers! We have about 9 ripe tomatoes on our plant right now and ate strawberries and lettuce all spring! Our cantaloupe is growing nicely as well!