Each year I try to garden with a goal in mind. My goal is always to produce and preserve as much food as we need to get us through the winter and to help me spend as little as possible at the grocery store.
Last year I had some pretty lofty goals and fell completely flat on my face. It was a horrible growing season in 2016. Heat and drought took it’s toll on the garden and a late frost killed all of the blossoms on the fruit trees. I have never seen anything like it really.
I revisited my goals from last year and chopped some of the harder to reach goals out.
Here is a list of my family’s 2017 Gardening and Preserving Goals.
Purple Cone Flower (Echinacea)
Snap Bean Bush – Purple, yellow and green
Snap Bean Pole
Black Raspberry Jam
Red Raspberry Jam
Honeyed Yellow Tomato Butter
Canned Cherries in Syrup
Canned Cherry Pie Filling Sweet
Canned Cherry Pie Filling Sour
Basil Banana Pepper Jelly
Tart Cherry Juice
Blackberry, Red Raspberry, Peach, Cherry Cordials
Chili Sauce (Two different kinds)
Bread and Butter Pickles
Frozen Beet Greens/Chard
Red Root Relish
Lemon Sage Wine Mustard
Pickled Hot Peppers
Sweet Crisp Pickles
Whole Tomatoes Packed in Water
Canned Green Beans
Frozen Winter Squash and some stored whole
Stuffed Hot Peppers
Stuffed Sweet Peppers
So far, we are already doing mighty fine with our 2017 gardening goals and we have had plenty of rain too. Yippee!
This last weekend we added 3 more raised veggie beds which brings my planting area to about 200 sq. ft. of space to work with. Yippee! Thank you Mr. Ripley for working so hard. (He said it was my Mother’s Day present).
To date we have planted carrots, peas, radish, and lettuce but much more will be planted by the end of this week.
How will I keep track of all of this? My journal. And lists. LOTS of lists. Should be interesting! Wish me luck and I will keep you updated. -MM