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canning preserving tomato Oct 20, 2021

If you would have told me when I first started growing in the community garden that one day I'd be canning my abundant harvest, how I would have laughed!

Ugh, too much work! In modern times, there's no need. Canned vegetables are cheap, safe, and abundant at the grocery store. And they taste pretty good, too!

Yet, when you have an abundant harvest, you are faced with a decision what to with it all. Preserving it is one solution, and...

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How to Dry Herbs

As the weather gets colder, we start to think about the end of the growing season. Many tender annuals will die in the cold, and perennials will die back and go dormant for the winter. 

While your herb plants are still lush and full, it's time to decide if you want to dry them. The best tasting dried herbs come from the freshest herbs from your garden. 

I enjoy drying my homegrown herbs because it's a way to...

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How to Freeze Greens

This season I planted a lot more spinach than I need for fresh eating. I intended to grow enough to freeze and have on hand. I use frozen spinach in my cooking regularly, and I figured that I might as well freeze some of it from my own harvest.

I just froze my first batch of about a pound of spinach. I hope to get more!

The process described in this article can be followed for most greens (except lettuce). Notes for specific...

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