Friday, September 25, 2009

Produce Your Garden

Wow, this month has already flown by, I've been pretty busy in and out of the kitchen. today I wanted to share how I did my harvesting and preserving this year. Look for more posts on how-to canning, dehydrating, and freezing specific produce.

When we moved to Oregon in June, we were still able to start a garden. Since we were a little late for planting we began with starter plants (as shown below).
Some of our plants produced faster than others and it keeps growing strong.


Romaine Lettuce

Peppers (Green, jalapeno, yellow, and red)



Others include carrots, squash, zucchini, green beans, watermelon, tomatoes, and herbs.

About the same time that my late garden was coming along, I went to visit my parents garden in Idaho. Their lettuce looked perfect!

By planting corn at different times, you won't get overloaded.

Their little fruit orchard was also filling up with Apricots, apples, pears, and plums.

What other ways can you get fresh produce in bulk if you don't grow it yourself?
Here's how I did it.

Going to U-Pick farms or Buying directly from the farmer by fruit stand or other.

Plentiful Farmer's Markets

When it came to preserving my produce, I did it three ways:



and Canning.

Has anyone preserve this month? What Did you do? Was it easy or hard?
Coming Up Next....... Preserving Tomatoes (with the skins) and canning Peaches (re-do)

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abby's photo shoppe said...

I canned peaches for the first time EVER! So fun and easy! ANd delicious! Super cool!

abby's photo shoppe said...

Just commenting again on this post. I am excited to start my garden this year. Sandpoint is very wet and the soil is very clay so I am going to add some more dirt/soil/fertilizer to my garden and then build up my rows (I don't have time or tools for a raised bed). I am going to also plant one end of the garden higher so that the water will drain towards the lawn as last year my garden was ... sort of drowning. Anyway, hopefully I can fix some of the issues I had last year!

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