Here is a picture of today's harvest:
|About 2 pounds of green beans and one good sized zucchini!|
What am I going to do with all these fresh veggies?! With the zucchini, I am going to make chocolate chip zucchini bread. I love this bread; it is great for breakfast or a snack and is also very good for you.
I will probably just end up blanching most of the green beans and eating them that way. Green beans are my favorite vegetable, and I would love to grow them again next year. Today, I harvested some of the green bean seeds for next year. Harvesting your own seeds is a great money saver!
Since green beans are my favorite vegetable, I want to preserve some of them to have in the fall and winter. I've been canning for a few years now, but I have never canned green beans. I did a little research and everything I found said that pressure cooker canning is the best method for canning green beans. I don't have a pressure cooker, so I just hot water bath canned them. I put a little salt and a garlic clove in the can. This time I just did one can to see how it would turn out. My hot water bath canning seemed to work well, but I cannot recommend it because it is not approved by the USDA.
|my test run for canning green beans. |
next time I will try and pack more beans in the can.
The pants in my garden are growing very nicely. Here is an update in pictures:
|Sunflowers are blooming! My favorite!|
|green beans are doing very well! |
I will be canning a lot more, there is no way I can eat them all now.
|Baby cucumber starting to grow|
|lots of tomatoes! can't wait for these to get ripe|
|green peppers are starting to grow!|