Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Yes, I Can!

Early one July morning, I changed this ...


... into this ...


... which became this ...


... oops! I mean this ...


In the afternoon, I changed 25 pounds of these ...


... and 25 pounds of these ...


... and plenty of this ...


... in a lovely space ...


... into this!




The more I learn about preparedness, the more interested I become in self-sufficiency. This summer, a friend and I have become enamored with canning. Perhaps obsessed is a more appropriate term? Yesterday we canned 75 pounds of tomatoes into salsa, and today I turned 12.5 pounds into pasta sauce.

Although I was initially overwhelmed (or, rather, underwhelmed!) with all the work that goes into canning, I tasted the final product and was an instant convert. My friend and I have been scouring the local produce ads and getting whatever we can on sale. So far, we found tomatoes (for 50 cents a pound!), strawberries, peaches, cucumbers, and jalapenos for out-of-this world summertime savings.

My ultimate dream is to produce a garden with yields high enough that we can enjoy produce all season long ... with enough left over to save for the off-season. My reality differs. Significantly. I loathe the heat. And mosquitoes. And I am terrified of snakes. And I am an instant gratification kind of girl. Did I mention that I hate heat? At the moment, I'm finding all the limitations a bit ... well ... limiting. However, I persevere in the interest of both frugality and self-reliance. I have started sprouting lentils (the first attempt was a spectacular success ... although I desperately need to locate some recipes because dry sprouted lentils by the handful (no matter how cute!) get a bit boring after the first couple of bites).

Tonight I'm loading up my Kindle with a book that will (I hope!) help provide me with some gardening inspiration: Fresh Food from Small Spaces: The Square-Inch Gardener's Guide to Year-Round Growing, Fermenting, and Sprouting [Kindle Edition]
(R.J. Ruppenthal). My other plan? I'm working valiantly to convince my family that they actually want to get out there and garden! I'll report back ...


  1. The family is interested. We just need a little more encouragement!

  2. It only MAKES SENSE to grow your own food. Self sufficiency, healthy, and very rewarding, not to mention educational for the kids! Also, saves you a TON of money! Prices are going up, so get them seeds while you can! Fun! Fun!

  3. I am impressed. Canning is on my To Do list, but I have to budget for the extra expense of the equipment. Nice photos-very inspiring!


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