Lately there has been little time left for anything, but weeding, picking, and preserving. Which I am SO thankful for!
In the beginning of the summer I wondered how much canning and freezing we really would be able to do. The drought, rabbits, bugs, heat, all took their toll on our garden. Then when it looked like all the green goodness might rally, the raccoons moved in, stripping corn down and having nightly feasts. Now with a 20 mile fencer (yeah, we go big!) protecting our corn and some sweet, glorious rain my garden is bouncing back.
And it’s keeping me hopping.
Thankfully I have a helper! (Or four… the boys have been issued rows of corn to weed. No pictures of them since we all get busy, dirty and sweaty when its weeding time.)
So far we’ve canned Kosher Dill Pickles, Bread and Butter Pickles, Dill Relish, and Blackberry Jam. Still to go… Garden Blend Tomato Juice, Tomato Sauce, Tomatoes, Dilly Beans, Peaches, Peach jam, Pears, and Applesauce.
I found these cute canning lid labels for free HERE.
On the freezing end I have done strawberries, blueberries, and a bit of corn. Still to go…. Green beans, Lima beans, Pumpkin puree, and a whole lot more corn. I normally would have my beans close to done, but for the first year ever I had rabbit trouble. They kept mowing my beans down to just a few leaves. After the third time and several failed attempts to keep them out of the beans, we put up a temporary fence. Yesterday when I picked I got enough for three of us for dinner. Not exactly a bumper crop, so we’ll see. It may be a no bean-preserving year.
I’ve posted this photo before but, I thought if fit so nicely into this post and plus I love that quote!
Have a wonderful, bountiful, productive, God centered day!