I don't have a garden this year, nor did I have one last year because I've had on-going construction stuff happening, but when I garden, I GARDEN. lol
Five years ago I had 286 tomato plants going (five different varieties including paste type). I canned everything from tomato juice to bbq sauce. Stewed tomatoes, plain tomato chunks, homemade spaghetti sauce, you name it, I have it in my root cellar still.
I grew an average of 300 potatoe plants, seven vined green bean towers (they keep producing all summer as you pick them rather than bush type that produce all at once), bell peppers, celery, watermelon, loupes, cukes, pickles (lots of those for sweet, kosher, bread and butter, dill chips), cauliflower, brussel sprouts, broccholi, cabbage, garlic, lettuce, three types of beets, carrots, onions, and some exotics every year like Chinese cabbage for stir fry.
Everything got processed for canning along with homemade grape, strawberry, blueberry, apple, and blackberry jellies and jams. Also processed apples for homemade apple-pie mix that went into freezer bags (enough for one pie in each bag).
I didn't know how to do any of this stuff until I moved here 15 years ago and talked some of the 'old timers' into teaching me how. After that, my flower gardening went to hell in a handbasket because I became obsessed with canning. I had people in Cleveland Ohio searching out yard sales for canning jars by the truckload full. Surprisingly, many people still had that stuff stored away from long ago days when their homesteads used to be farms instead of suburbs. Most are grandkids who didn't know what to do with all those jars from barns cleaned out, etc.
This year I'm trying to clean up the flower gardens and put them back in order before going back to the veggie end next year. Great fun, good exercise, and the end results are amazing to me, even if there's nobody left but me to eat it all. I always share with my kids in Cleveland, so they just have to show up and haul it all home to store in their basements. Nobody passes up my homemade candied yams or green beans.
TIP: For great tomatoes, calcium is the trick. However, don't waste money on packaged calcium from some feed supply store. Buy a box of generic powered milk, add water, and pour it right onto the roots. A whole lot cheaper....
out there. I am on a very smaal scale because of space. I have 2 each tomato and bell peppers and 1 hot pepper plants on my patio in pots. I hang and dry the hot peppers for chili and such. Anyhow I just finished lunch, fried gr, pepper omelet.Oh sooo good and last nite I had sweet corn from farmers market and cottage cheese stuffed tomatoes.Aint summer wonderful? Love to hear how you use your produce.