The basic reason that I want to start this blog is to show some of the success that my family and I have had with home gardening and canning. We do not have much space, and don't even own our own home. What we do have is allot of motivation to change the way we eat and how that food is obtained. I am worried about the state of the country and how dependent we are on a few large farms to provide all of the food for the entire nation. I know it is not as simple as that, but I do know that on only a small plot of ground in our backyard we have been able to put up close to 30 dozen jars of food from the 2008 season and now have a nice fall garden in the ground.
I want this blog to be an outlet for me to express some of the current things I am working on, what I want to do in the future and how I am going to get there. To start the blog off right I will give you a picture of what the garden looks like now and a sample list of what we canned this year.
These are some of the pumpkins that we grew. We had about 20 or so, most were canned, but we did save two for Halloween.
Pumpkin in the jars. I will admit that my wife did most of the work with canning the pumpkin, and what a wonderful job she does.
This is my son Ben and I working to get the ground ready for the fall garden. After taking up all of the summer crops I put a pickup load of composted cow manure in it with the tiller.
This was taken a few days ago and shows the garden with lots of leafy greens growing very will. We have peas, red and regular cabbage, collards, brussel sprouts, beats, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce and spinach. The winters are very mild in the central San Joaquin valley and these should all last the winter if I get my mulch down soon. I have two bales of straw I will put down just as soon as I get enough news paper to put under it.