posted on Apr, 18 2013 @ 08:13 PM
Originally posted by tovenar
reply to post by otherpotato
What do you cook with the broccoli? I have a hankering for broccoli-cheese soup....
Seriously though, how do people here use the produce of their gardens? salads mostly, or do you can and freeze?
Broccoli goes with everything!
I do a bit of everything. I tend to prefer growing things that can be put by in some fashion, with lettuce being the exception. I grow a ton of
lettuce and of course that has to be eaten as you go as there is no way (that I know of) to preserve it. In fact my lettuce reseeded itself from last
year so we have a whole bunch of baby lettuce growing willy nilly everywhere.
As another poster mentioned we like to grow Swiss Chard as well. Best leafy green out there in my book and it freezes well, as does spinach. I find
that chard will come back and I have four plants from last year that are leafing out already. We have yet to find a good permanent spot for it but I
think where they are now (in the garlic patch) seems to be a good place.
I learned how to can two years ago and so I can as much as I "can." After all there is only so much freezer space and one good hurricane can take
away your whole harvest (thanks Irene!!). Not everything can be canned though, and not everything can be frozen, so it's a balancing act.
I can green beans, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber soup, and of course pickles. This year I'm trying peas and carrots. I freeze broccoli, snow peas,
shredded zucchini, whole ears of corn, whole tomatoes and peppers. Winter squashes and garlic go in the root cellar/canning room. I have yet to try
long term storage of potatoes and carrots as I haven't yet grown enough.
My peas, chards and spinach just sprouted this week so I'm doing the happy dance. My broccoli seedlings will probably be ready to go into the ground
in a couple of weeks. I need to try posting pictures here (for the first time) so I can document my progress.