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Preserve From the Garden

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What does it mean to preserve straight from the garden? CANNING! That’s what I mean.

Preserve From the Garden

Canning Season is my favorite time of year. It does bring out a busier time for most of us but I love being able to grow, preserve, and share with our family and community. I am so excited to do this on a bigger scale once we have the means.

There are times that I hear people say they cannot garden because they don’t have enough property, but this is not always the case. Currently, we live on a quarter of an acre and our garden is as big as we can manage on the property but we make it work.

Ideas for small property gardening:

Preserve From the Garden

1. Raised beds are a great option for anyone! They are back savers and versatile. You would be surprised at how many plants you can grow efficiently in a 2ft x 4ft area. I would suggest either wood like these HERE or steel like these HERE.

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2. Herb Gardens are perfect for anyone who is just starting. They are small plants and fairly easy to grow. You can even grow them inside if you would like. I like this indoor grower HERE.

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3. Potted plants are another great versatile option. You can move when needed. I prefer the self-watering ones like these HERE.

Preserving Planning

By the end of January, I am starting to plan what I want or need to preserve and how to best utilize my garden. I take stock of what I have an abundance of and what I need to replenish, and that looks like Pasta Sauce, Salsa, Marinara, Cream of Soups, Broth, Stock, Pickles, Vegetables, Fruits, and Pie Fillings.

Once I have my list of what I need to restock I plan out my garden. What do I want to plant and where in the garden? I prefer to use Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds or MIGardener when I am purchasing seeds. This year we are going to be planting, tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, celery, carrots, cucumbers, beans, zucchini, and potatoes. I have never grown my potatoes but every year I try to go out of my comfort zone a little and try something new. 

Check out my canning list HERE

See my Garden list HERE

Also, see my post on Homesteaders of America HERE

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