Monday, August 27, 2012


Green Beans in the Canner 
This summer has been very hot and dry, but we've still gotten quite a bit of yield from our garden. I just went to our garden this afternoon, and picked almost four pounds of green beans! Our plants don't look like they should be producing anything, but they keep churning out the beans. :)

When I came home from the garden, I looked and looked online to try to figure out what the little yellow Monster's Inc-esque bugs were on our beans. From what I can tell they are squash lady beetles. Apparently, as they eat aphids, they also eat up the leaves too. Hopefully they quickly mature so that they can fly away and leave my beans alone!

So far, I've gotten 21 pints of green beans, 18 quarts and 5 pints of tomatoes, and various amounts of pickles, pickled peppers, salsas, and relish. My jar count is at 129 jars. Whew...and I still have quite a number of things I'd like to can this summer.

I love canning, and when I'm in the immediate process of putting everything in jars, I'm thinking to myself how relaxing it is. And then after I get the piles of dishes done and sit down I realize how exhausting canning really is. ;-) Nonetheless, I do enjoy canning, and it is so nice to have food saved aside for over the winter!


Charity said...

Whew! What a big job!! But, yes, it will be wonderful for you to have those veggies come winter, I'm sure! I've never canned anything, and my little garden doesn't produce enough anyway. It's pretty much slowed down for the season, except for my pepper plants. :)

randi--i have to say said...

Canning is a lot of work, but it sure is nice to open a can of garden-fresh goodness in the middle of winter! :)

emerrube said...

we got two larger tomatoes. and another is on the way. sure hope we get enough. :)

Tammy said...

Charity, my list of things to can grows longer each year! I bet once you tried it you would get hooked too. :D

Randi, I agree!

Rebecca, glad your tomatoes are finally ripening!