It’s September 2nd. I’m still here. Just super busy with getting a camping trip in and then coming home to my garden and bringing in the harvest.
For me this is the best part. I love seeing the plants start and grow from seeds. An added bonus, my husband went out and bought a TIMER with a splinter and my garden and greenhouse got water twice a day while we were gone.
I’ll write a post next year in how we set it all up.
You can watch our camping video here:
I hope you got a chance to get out this summer.
Garden Harvest + September = CANNING SEASON
We stopped in Keromeos BC, Canada on our drive back and bought peaches and salsa making supplies. It’s a great place to go and visit if you live in BC. It’s right next to wine country, how could you not stop!
Picking the Harvest
I’m so grateful. My garden is STILL pumping out harvest. I’ve done a fall garden as well this year and things are still growing strong. I must say though….the weather has definitely shifted. Fall is coming quickly.
I think this is round 3 of Harvest that I got this year. Lots of Tomatoes – Kinda thought I would have more, but that’s fine. LOADS of beans. I’ve been getting good at making Rhubarb juice and using that more smoothies. I sadly lost my lettuce, which we loved having fresh most of the season.
Since this photo, I’ve been able to get more yet. Plus small fall Harvest that I planted. I can’t get over how abundant this year has been. I still feel like a new gardener as there’s lots to learn but I think I’m starting to turn a corner.
Preserving the Harvest
Now that everything is getting ready to pick it’s GO TIME. I’ll be honest and admit it’s tiring to do canning and I’m only doing a small scale.
I get help. I don’t do it all on my own. My mom has come over to help with the Apple Sauce (she has an awesome machine that I borrow), plus she came and helped with the pears just now.
My sister in law and husband LOVE their salsa so she pitches buying half the supplies and we all do Salsa together. My husband comes home from work and he comes for the adding spices part which he enjoys.
The Strawberry Jam and Beans my husband and I did, plus a friend came over and helped with processing the beans.
Do your research if your starting out. It’s easier and simpler then you think.
Make sure you ask a friend to help whose done it before or ask to come over when they are doing it.
We are working on our storage room again and I had to move all my canning at the moment. It made for a nice picture I think!
Here’s a video that I made for YouTube where I take you along with me.
Other ways we Preserve:
Just a last thing to note. We have often frozen most of our harvest with a vacuum sealer. I usually have my blueberries, blackberries, beans and apples in the freezer. As I shared in the video we have a whole pig coming so I’ll need the space.
We also have a smoker and in the future I would like to dehydrate the harvest as well.
Last few thoughts to leave you with. I’ve been feeling strongly about being self sufficient or being more PREPARED in general. Life is getting more challenging and being prepared is more important then ever.
I’m grateful I have a simple lifestyle and don’t need lots of “things” to be happy. It makes me very happy that I have some food to have on hand that was fresh and freshly preserved.
How about you? Are you prepared if there is an upcoming food shortage?
Do you can and preserve?