It seems all I’ve accomplished this summer is canning. That’s not a bad thing but when you work so hard all summer and it all fits in one room it’s kind of underwhelming!!
Stocked and ready for winter.
We still need to harvest and freeze some more corn, dig the potatoes and sweet potatoes, harvest the pumpkins and late cabbage.
I started our own sweet potatoes plants this year
The plants started really easy and I got 14 plants from two plants. One end of the garden is full of sweet potato vine. I’ve got my fingers crossed that there are lots of sweet potatoes.
We filled up the food shelves and had to make room on the canning jar shelves for the sauerkraut and barbecue sauce. The pumpkin and some cabbage will also go on those shelves. I may even can the sweet potatoes because I don’t know how long they will last in the cellar.
We canned 14 quarts of whole tomatoes yesterday.
We froze 16 pints of corn this morning and it’s so sweet. During the summer I’ve kept busy filling these jars:
28 pints of sweet pickles
18 pints of pickled squash
Pickle relish, I think 23 pints.
21 quarts of squash to use in casseroles and soup
24 pints of spaghetti sauce and it’s so good!
24 pints of barbecue sauce
Two quarts and 24 pints of sauerkraut
100 plus quarts of green beans this year
18 pints of squash pickles
Pickles, pickles and more pickles! I canned 36 pints of pickle relish.
We froze 24 bags of broccoli and we we’re STILL waiting on the Brussel sprouts. We’ve never raised them before but the plants are about two feet tall, still healthy and a beautiful green. We see lots of little heads at the bottom of the stalk but not enough to harvest yet. They seem to be waiting on something.
I froze 25 half-pints of rhubarb and a few pints of applesauce and don’t need a lot because we have some left in the freezer from last year. I diced six gallon bags of green peppers.
We’ve fought potato beetles all summer and they seem immune to everything we’ve sprayed on them. The potato bin is empty now but looks like we’ll have a good harvest again. We were afraid with all the rain we’ve had this summer that they might rot.
Empty potato bin waiting to be filled. Last year we almost had it complete full and it’ll hold 20 bushel.
I hope everyone’s harvest has been as wonderful as ours. The garden is still full of tomatoes and corn but I think we’ve put away all we need this year.
The hens have sure enjoyed all the scraps!
Chickens waiting for more garden scraps!