Sucesses in home gardening/preservation
It's high summer in the southern hemisphere, and I have had plenty of time to get the garden going (despite needing to transplant it when I had to move flats). As I start stashing things away for this coming winter, I just thought I'd reflect on my successes this past year. I finally stored enough diced tomato, tomato sauce, and pickles to last all year. This is the first year I bought zero cans of tomato sauce--partly by canning enough, and partly by using less. I used up my last can the day after I preserved my first batch of sauce for this year.
I successfully root cellared apples for four months and a garden pumpkin for six.
I also have successfully kept my garlic going from harvest to harvest--with local garlic retailing for $2/head, this has been both a worthwhile and delicious project.
I have grown/dried all the basil, sage, oregano, rosemary, and tomatoes I used last year, as well as many medicinal herbs including elderberries, yarrow, willow bark and nettles.
In all, I think I grew or harvested about 5% of my food last year. There were nearly six months where I didn't buy any fruit at all because I found local disused fruit trees/bushes.
Even with moving all the time (just as I get the soil in good enough condition to stick my arm in down to my elbow!) I feel like I'm going in the right direction.
What about you guys? Want to share any successes of the past year?