Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Autumn means canning!

I have been crazy busy this month, away almost every weekend, but the garden continues to produce!  My tomatoes are just about done, but as you can see from the above photo, I got a nice harvest this week! I also picked my last zucchini, some beautiful cherry hot peppers, and lots of green beans this week. My herbs are still doing nicely, too.

My fall garden, that I planted in August is starting to produce radishes, and the lettuce and spinach is looking good too.  The squash has flowers and if we don't have a frost in the next week or so, I'm expecting to see some squash.  Once the fruit starts growing, they can take a gentle frost, but at the flower level they don't like frost at all.

As busy as I am all of these weekends in September, I am enjoying my mornings prepping my harvest for use this winter.  This week I have frozen several quarts of green beans, and have made and canned salsa from my tomatoes and peppers.  I have also made and canned applesauce and pickles this week.  No, I didn't grow the apples or cukes, but Vito and I did handpick the apples at Applecrisp farm in Hampton, NH, and I got a great deal on the pickling cukes at the market this week. 

Here is a photo of the food I put up this week, as well as the bottle of basil and garlic infused olive oil I made.

Would love to hear what others are doing with their bounty!

1 comment:

  1. Mary, your canning results look amazing! I'm so envious of your fabulous garden!