I still need to get my canning pictures from last weekend organized into a post. Last night I was too busy in the garden. I picked two more huge bowls of strawberries! I posted on Facebook that I might have to set up a strawberry stand at the end of my driveway or start peddling them out of the back of my car. I think the harvest was 10 pounds easy. Hopefully tonight and tomorrow night I’ll have time to wash and trim them for the freezer and then this weekend I might do some more canning.
So until I get those pictures organized, here are a few tidbits of information I learned when I started growing my own food as opposed to buying it at the grocery store.
1. Fruits and vegetables picked from the garden are usually HOT. Because the sun has been shining down on them all day, duh. So if you want to pick a watermelon for a picnic, make sure you pick early or the day before so it has time to cool down in the fridge.
2. Fruits and vegetables are dirty! When it rains, mud splashes up on them so you have to wash the dirt off when you bring them in the house. A little dirt never hurt anyone so don’t freak out about this.
3. Fruits and vegetables have bugs on them! Unless you are eating some crazy mutant GMO vegetable that has been sprayed with who knows what. Who wants to eat that? It’s natural for food in the garden to have bugs on it so if you see a bug just push it off.
To my fellow gardeners – what else might you add to this list?