With bushels of tomatoes, I forced myself to learn to can and freeze food. My grandma gave me her genius insight and additional inspiration came from A Latte with Ott A (she is a fellow blogger of Real Farmwives of America). Both helped me get pushed over the edge to not only grow our own food but to can and freeze it to feed my family in the dead of the prairie winter. It saves on our family food budget and the whole gardening, canning and freezing process was therapeutic for me.
A little of it is to grow our own food. Some of it is to save on our family food budget. The other part of it is forcing me to have time to dig in the dirt to grow vegetables that I can and freeze. It unwinds me.
oh, good luck, katie. i know one thing – your kids will have a great time spending quality time in the dirt and greens of the garden. my mother always had a garden (HUGE on the farm; smaller in town) and as a kid i loved to spend time with her weeding, picking beans, stealing peas and hiding in the corn rows…
Ott, A. says
Thanks for the shout out. I’ll be anxious to see how everything grows and we are already making plans for canning week 2011!!!
Lisa @ Two Bears Farm says
We have high gardening hopes this year too. So far what has come up is: turnips, beets, beans, tomatoes, watermelon, summer squash, zucchini, green peppers, and one potato (that I’d found under the fridge). The asparagus and eggplant didn’t make it. But I really hope what is up continues to thrive!
I know what you mean about digging in the dirt! I was born and raised on a ND farm but grew into a teenager who went against everything mom and dad wanted, so I disliked the farm. Now I’m married to a farm boy and I am trying to get back into it. Started my first garden last year as and experiment with almost every veggie you could think of. By some miracle, everything grew! So this year I an trying those things we will actually eat and try to can pickles and beans as well. Good luck with your adventure!
We put in most of our garden last night too. The kids loved it and were ever so helpful. There may be a surprise or two in some of the rows! That’s if our rows are still in fact rows……
The Wife of a Dairyman says
Your seedlings look fantastic! Looking forward to seeing how your garden grows this summer. We have yet to plant ours….hopefully within the next couple of weeks!
I need a bottle that says “Bunnies-Be-Gone” I think it has a double-barreled nozzle! 😉 Dang things! I haven’t planted the first anything because I know they will just eat them up. I may have a lovely flower garden out there this year!