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Ten Things to Plant in Your Garden This Spring and Can Later This Year

Updated: Apr 2

I always want to try to make the most of my resources, especially when it comes to feeding my family. One of the best ways to do that is to grow your own food in your backyard garden. This spring, I’m planning to plant ten of my favorite fruits and vegetables with the intentions that I can later can and preserve them for the colder months. Let me tell you a little about each one.

  1. Tomatoes – This classic fruit is a staple in any home garden. Tomatoes are great because they’re versatile and easy to grow. Whether you want to make tomato sauce, salsa, or simply can them whole, you can’t go wrong with fresh, homegrown tomatoes.

2. Peppers – From sweet bell peppers to spicy jalapenos, grow a variety of peppers in your garden. They add flavor and spice to any dish and can be canned and preserved for use throughout the year.

3. Green Beans – Fresh, crisp, and delicious, green beans are another garden staple. You could can them with a little bit of salt and vinegar for a tangy snack.

4.Cucumbers – There’s nothing like a fresh, crunchy pickle made from homegrown cucumbers. Cucumbers are also great for salads and sandwiches.

5.Strawberries – Sweet, juicy, and packed with antioxidants, strawberries are a healthy and delicious fruit that you can use in pies, jams, and smoothies.

6.Blueberries – Tiny but Mighty Blueberries are a powerhouse of nutrition and flavor. Use them for muffins, pancakes, and yogurt.

7.Cherries - Cherries are a delicious and nutritious fruit! They're packed with antioxidants and are great for canning and preserving. Whether you prefer sweet or tart cherries, they can be used in a variety of dishes, from pies and jams to sauces and cocktails. Plus, cherry trees are relatively easy to grow and can provide abundant fruit for years to come.

8.Apples – Whether you prefer them sweet or tart, apples are a another fruit that can be used in a variety of dishes. Use them in pies, sauces, and even savory dishes like pork chops.

9. Carrots – Not only are carrots packed with vitamins and minerals, but they’re also delicious when canned and work well in stews and soups.

10.Potatoes – Last but not least, potatoes are a staple in any home garden. You can use them in casseroles, soups, and stews among other things.

Well, there you have it, my top ten favorite fruits and vegetables to plant in your garden this spring for canning and preserving. Each one is packed with flavor and nutrition. I'm excited for the weather to turn in the next few weeks so we can get out there and start getting things in the ground!

I'll list a few resources below, a book to get you started and some tools you will need to get started!

"Canning and Preserving for Dummies"

Ball Mason Jars

Canning Tools

If your interested In learning more about this type of stuff and other ways to live a more self reliant lifestyle please come join the conversation in our community Facebook group!

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