Top 3 Things To Do With Your Garden Veggie Overload!

It’s that time of year when your garden veggies are about to burst, and they are begging for you to take them out of the dirt.  The problem is, that the veggies & fruit can become garden overload, and then certain people start to secretly put their tomatoes, zucchini, and squash in grocery bags and drop them off on their family and friends doorsteps.  (This just happened to me the other day).  🙂  

 

Now…..I know it’s because they don’t quite know what do to with all the extras, and they definitely don’t want to feel guilty for throwing it out, because that’s  just not right.  So, to take advantage of your garden overload, I am sharing the top 3 things that you can do save some money, and enjoy all your hard work.    

 

Learn How to Can For Goodness Sakes

 

 

 

 

I have several raised garden beds, which has allowed me to enjoy spring, summer, and fall produce, and I like to extend my saving for the entire year by canning.  I keep it simple, I grow tomatoes, green beans, peppers, a little squash & zucchini, and grapes.  Which means I get to get creative and make my own salsa, marinara sauce, relishes, green beans, jellies, and preserves.  I can usually get through and entire year without buying these items, and they simply taste fresh and fabulous!  

New to canning?  The best place to start is here:  FreshPreserving.com

What equipment do I use?  Click here:  Canning Essentials

 

 

Freeze Them Baby!

 

 

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Instead of paying for frozen veggies & fruits, you can save a whole lot of moolah by freezing them yourself.  I have an extra stand up deep freezer, just to keep this, and any other seasonal sales that I might find at the store safe.   Here’s some tips on How To Freeze Fruits And Vegetables from AllRecipes.com.

 

Compost It

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Don’t throw those veggies out!  Put them in a compost bin, watch the fertilizer magic happen, and put it in your garden.  Plus, this is something that you can do year round with all your food scraps, and I’ve seen some pretty creative DIY composting bins such as this one by Practically Functional below:

 

 

How To Build A DIY Compost Bin  

 

 

I know that growing a garden is hard work, but I can’t express enough the savings that you will reap, as well as accomplishment you will feel the first time you make that can of salsa with ingredients you grew yourself.  I thank you for stopping by, and just so you know that some of the links above are my affiliate links, and I may get a small commission fee if you decide to buy.  I appreciate all of your support, and here’s to Happy Gardening Season.   

Home Canning Super Savings!

Home Canning Super Savings!

Home Canning

 

 

This article posted first on: 07/12/2012

 

I am now in my third year of canning and I thought that I would share my first canning post.  Seriously….look at my first batch of pickles below, and my picture-taking skills.  WOW!  LOL  If your interested in learning how to can a super place to start is on the Ball Fresh Preserving site.

I have come a long way since then, and I am getting ready to tackle some strawberries, blueberries, and cherries.  If any of you have any canning recipes you would like to share, please do.  Family recipes are the absolute best.  Happy canning y’all!  🙂

 

Home canning has become a passion for me!  Not only for the savings,  but I just love that you can preserve the wonderful taste of summer and fall produce, and enjoy it all year-long.  I must say up front, that I am canning newbie, and I have so much to learn.  In fact, it wasn’t until last summer when some close friends of mine started to learn how to can for themselves, that the thought of canning even came to my mind.  At first, I thought that my friends were crazy, because it seemed to me like an awful lot of hard work.  But once they began to show me all of the health and savings benefits,  I started to give canning a second thought.   So, earlier this summer I traveled to my friend’s home and watched how they canned some fresh green beans from their garden.   I sure hope that they love green beans, because I am  pretty sure that in the end, they must have canned at least 100 or more quart jars of green beans.

 

 

My Very First Canned Pickles!

 

 

 

By the way, I have learned not to assume that everyone out there even knows what canning is, especially the younger generation,  so I have provided you with the official definition:

 

Canning is: the act, process, or business of preserving cooked food by sealing in cans or jars.

 

The above definition of canning is very informative, but for me as well as many others, the concept of canning our own food means much more.  For the past 12 years I have been fighting food allergies, and my worst offender seems to be the chemicals and preservatives that are added to our foods.  I figured out very quickly that if I learned to can my own veggies, meats, and fruits, that I would be preserving them with all natural ingredients like: fruit pectin, lemon juice, and salt.  Also, I can reduce the sugar content by using a substitute,  such as Agave syrup, without losing the sweet taste.
Canning is also a great way to save money on seasonal foods that go on sale, and your savings will increase even more if you grow your own produce.   (I will blog about my gardening experience this past summer at another time) ! LOL

 

My goal with this blog post is to share in another DIY way to save some money, as well as keeping the ancient art of canning alive!   I welcome you to visit my canning supplies suggestions! (affiliate store)  I have chosen products that were highly recommended to me, and that I have purchased for myself.  There is even a beginners canning kit for those of you who want to start out small.  Come on….if this city girl can do it, so can you.  Trust me.  🙂  

 

 

 

A Teen’s Inspirational Gardening Video

Last year I did several posts on a young man, who at the time was only 17 years old and knows how to grow a huge garden from seed.  This year Matt & his parents made a video of his green thumb skills with inspirational background music, and I am so proud to share it with all of you.  I hope that everyone appreciates the hard work, determination, and loving care that this young man puts into his backyard garden because it’s just something that most teenagers wouldn’t do.  Enjoy!  

 

 

If you enjoyed this video, please comment or give it a thumbs up, and let this young man know how cool it is that he is keeping the art of growing your own food alive!  Not only will his family have fresh, organic food to eat throughout the summer & year, but the savings that come along with it are huge!  If you would like to see the other posts that I wrote last year you can check them out below, and I encourage everyone to get their hands in some dirt, plant a seed, and reap in the benefits of learning how to grow your own food!  🙂

 

A Teen And His Garden

 

A Teen And His Greenhouse

 

A Teen & His Family’s Canning Creations!