Growing a Canning Garden

Growing a garden specifically for canning or freezing foods is becoming a popular hobby these days, primarily because gardeners know just how much healthier home grown food is for their families, compared to most of what’s found in the produce section of your local grocery store. And growing a canning garden can be fairly easy and simple, or it can be more complex. How much of which really depends on the personal preferences and desires of the gardener.

Canning gardens are general vegetable gardens which are grown with the purpose of canning the produce once it’s been harvest. And usually anything that’s eaten fresh can be used for canning, so many gardeners will simply plant extra vegetables so they’ll have some of the harvest for fresh eating, and some for canning too.

In many cases though, experience will show that some varieties of vegetables work better for canning than others. So if you want to create a vegetable garden specifically for canning, you may want to try some of the species which are known to work best.

You’ll also want to consider what type of canning you plan to do. If you plan to can tomatoes for instance, will you can whole, peeled, or chopped ones? Or would you prefer to make tomato sauces and pastes, or even various marinara sauces or salsas too?

Cucumbers are another excellent vegetable to grow for canning purposes, because you can make pickles from them. Even here however, you can select from a variety of different cucumber plants. Some work wonderfully for canning dill pickles, while others work better for making sweet bread and butter pickles. Then there are those which work well for pickle slices, and those which are best left whole too.

Different types of hot peppers such as cayenne and jalapeno peppers are often used in canning gardens too, because these are primary ingredients for making salsa and other hot sauces.

Almost any vegetable you might buy canned in the grocery store can be grown in your canning garden too. carrots, beets, green beans, and peas are all examples of vegetables commonly grown for canning purposes.

If you have fruit bushes, vines, or trees, you might want to try your hand at canning these too. Not only can you simply can the fruits in liquid for use during the winter seasons, you can also freeze them fresh, or create various jellies and preserves from them, too.

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