This year I had decided to cut back a bit on vegetable gardening. I knew that I wanted to spend time with my kids doing fun stuff (which became one of my 5 goals at the beginning of the summer). I also knew that I wanted to spend more time writing, and I wanted to get more margin in my days.
We got a late start on the garden despite my best efforts. I was sick on and off for about 6 weeks until my body recovered from an antibiotic and rebuilt its immunities. We planted late during a dry spring, and we had a late frost which didn’t harm our plants as much as I feared.
Now we’re waiting on the harvest. I’ve been harvesting broccoli and Swiss Chard for at least a month, and both look like they could produce for a little longer. However, the harvest I wait for every year is the tomato one. 40 plants means lots of picking, prepping, and freezing tomatoes to can the tomatoes a little while later for making sauce during the fall and winter. It’s a lot of work to can the tomatoes especially with my method of collecting them in the freezer.
When I ran a cost comparison of store bought tomatoes versus home canned tomatoes, I found that home canning of tomatoes was the cheapest, especially if I compare them to organic tomatoes. At the time, I didn’t know about the issue of BPA in metal cans. Since there are so few manufacturers of canned tomatoes in glass jars, my effort to can our tomatoes is worth even more especially for our family’s health.
Since I want to spend less time in the garden this summer, I’ve spread out my succession planting to every 3 weeks or so instead of every 2 weeks. I also decided to wait until August to do the second planting of cool weather crops like snap peas and spinach. Instead of planting in pots and transplanting, I’ll be planting directly in the beds.