Are you preserving your harvest?

(Zone 7a)
There are a total of 72 votes:

Yes, I'm canning and freezing veggies.
(11 votes, 15%)
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I'm making jams, jellies and preserved fruit.
(7 votes, 9%)
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I'm drying peppers and spices.
(2 votes, 2%)
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Some or all of the above.
(30 votes, 41%)
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Other (tell us!)
(4 votes, 5%)
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I'm not doing any preserving this year. (why not)
(18 votes, 25%)
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Previous Polls

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 9a)

We're eating as it comes, and sharing excess with neighbors…The pantry is full and the freezer needs replacing.

Jasper Co., MO(Zone 6b)

It's too hot to do the canning jars this year....

Kure Beach, NC(Zone 9a)

My husband is going to dry some oregano and basil. He also makes jelly from the pindo palm fruit that is delicious.
We're also growing a lot more peppers than before, so who knows what he will do with them...

Charlotte, NC(Zone 7b)

I freeze excess vegetables, and share with neighbors. I used to can a lot when I was (much) younger, but can't be bothered with all that sterilizing now that I'm "retired".

KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

We just give away excess but this year my garden is just tomatoes and peppers so will be getting stuff from family and friends. I laid cardboard down this year to keep weeds down. So gave the garden a break and just did buckets.

FU, United States(Zone 9b)

Do not 'preserve' veggies or fruits, ...and sharing with 'neighbors' is "non-existent" here. Too many angry, unhappy, bored, "stuck-up" people here.
Yep, can't wait to win the lottery, so I can move to kentucky or tennessee, etc.

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

wow LoveForests how sad

We usually just have enough to eat immediately what we grow(only a few toms, peppers, strawberries, herbs)

FU, United States(Zone 9b)

Yeah, how sad, flowAjen from NJ.
How terrible and worthlessly sad!
(Amazingly, most of my neighbors are from NJ and NY.) ....... Thank God for the day I win the lottery in order to get away from them.

Irving, TX

I feel the same LoveForests, last week our neighbor just came into my front yard, and completely obliterated all of my honey suckles and trumpet vines, that were growing on MY fence. Without saying a WORD! And his excuse is that it's ruining his brick wall. What do I think? Maybe he should have planned a little better where his brick wall went, my vines were there first. I think he's an angry, corrupt, seriously emotionally disturbed person. His wife came out to see what he was doing and he COMPLETELY ignored her, I can sense something else amiss in him. There's nothing I can do about it, I hate this neighborhood with a passion.

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

Did you call the cops?

Charlotte, NC(Zone 7b)

First, he trespassed by coming onto your property. Second, he stole your property when he removed your vines. Did you take photos of him in the act?

Newburgh, IN(Zone 6a)

Just enough tomatoes to eat, but harvesting lots of wild blackberries for pies and wine. Spread the berries out to freeze then put in quart bags and store in freezer, that way they don't clump together and make nicer custard pies.

My recipe in case you would like it:

I am lazy, Deep dish ready made frozen pie crust, usually from Walmart.
Fill to top with frozen berries
Mix together 4 eggs and one can of eagle brand milk
Pour over berries to the top.
bake at 350 until done

Cuts better if you chill the pie before cutting.

If you want the wine recipe I will have to ask my DH.

L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

If I get a lot of beans all at once, I will can or freeze some. The squashes and citrus keep well on their own. Otherwise, we eat stuff as it comes.

Irving, TX

No, my father who's sort of "in charge" of this house (a joke if you ask me), doesn't want to "upset the neighbors". He lets them walk all over him, and me now too. There really isn't anything I can do about it. I hate the suburbs.

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

I've pickled and dried so many hot peppers this year I should start a business ! The jalapeños are extra yummy this year.

Cedarhome, WA(Zone 8b)

Jams, pickles, herb concoctions.

Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

IlovemyTiger - Plant poison ivy to grow up his wall!

Jacksonville, FL(Zone 9a)

Quote from AYankeeCat :
IlovemyTiger - Plant poison ivy to grow up his wall!

LOL!!! I love that idea!!!

FU, United States(Zone 9b)

IlovemyTiger, .... Get a small recorder, and turn that recorder "on" when your neighbors 'do or say' or yell anything horrible towards you when they walk passed your house, etc.
They can't say 'crap' or lie about anything if their actions or words are recorded on film.

FU, United States(Zone 9b)

FlowAjen, ... why should she "call the cops??!!
Not every little thing deserves calling the cops on your neighbors, family or "temporary-partners"!. (That is a "New-Jersey-Thing", not a healthy thing!)
Not everyone wants to play "games or the "Destroy-a-person's-background-game", before they rightfully call the cops on you.
'New Jersey games' should stay in 'New Jersey' and not be taught to anyone else.

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

WOW bitter much?

Sorry, it's not just a "New Jersey" thing to call the cops if someone comes onto YOUR property and destroys YOUR stuff
and what the heck is a NJ game?

Salem Cnty, NJ(Zone 7b)

If I ever get enough to do up then I would freeze things. The last couple of summers we have been away for extended periods of time, so I haven't planted much in anticipation of that.

I agree with honeybee to document incidents with those neighbors and call authorities if needed. Don't think we need to pick on NJ.

Cedarhome, WA(Zone 8b)

Rule #1 in our family is Don't rat on your neighbor. That said, one must either approach the neighbor directly, or not. Your choice.

Denville, NJ(Zone 6b)

oh yeah everyone is like that in NJ.. if you are ignorant .. seems that if all the neighbors are a problem.. ever think it wasn't them?

This message was edited Jun 29, 2012 11:50 AM

mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

boy, this has turned into a sad thread....and i'm crying my eyes out......from chopping up a bucket full of scallions that i just got into the freezer in baggies. the neighbor has let his garden "go" for the summer so i get whatever i can find until he turns it under. got enough cherry tomatoes, banana peppers and okra to hold us another two weeks. i haven't had to produce shop so far this season thanks to him!

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Someone could trespass on my property and take all the habanero peppers they want (bumper crop)! And even if they were from NJ and cut them down I wouldn't call the PO PO but probably pay them ! Only if they accept PayPal bill me later!
; )

This message was edited Jun 29, 2012 6:14 PM

L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

Uh, oh. I see LoveBrug about to be set upon by mobs of NJ spicy food fans. ;-)

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

Kell , Guido friendly here ! HA!

Halifax, MA(Zone 6a)

Sounds like someone is jealous that they're not from NJ. I have a friend from NJ who lives in Jacksonville, and she is such a nice person. My father is from NJ. Let's stop making racial slurs towards NJ folks.


Irving, TX

I sort of tend towards the way I generalize this for everything- there are unlikable people of every race, religion, nationality, and origin. Are there stereotypes? Sure- but they don't apply to everyone in that group, and aren't all bad stereotypes. We all have our own experiences and observations. LoveForests made a personal observation, right to apply to everyone? Maybe not so. I don't know flowAjen, neither does LoveForests, so I don't think she should be generalized with the observation that way. My neighbor happens to be a stereotype that I don't like either, but all I can do is get away from it, because likely calling the cops would only anger him. I mean, he lives right next to me. The guy knows where I live. Not a good idea. I'll definitely be wary of any more trespasses, and if it grows to the extent where I would consider doing something close to me moving, then I'll do something. Regardless, I still don't want neighbors lol. People are so packed in to small spaces these days that we literally are sharing living space, and it's not healthy in my opinion. It creates these situations.


Mount Vernon, KY

So far I have not really had that much.
Last year I worked myself to death but this year a late Freeze got strawberries, blackberries, apples, pears, sour cherries.

Now we have a drought - no rain for four weeks with 103 or almost - every day.

Not even tomotoes - OH Say it ain't so.

I am pretty sure It is the people up in Indiana letting their cold air come down after it is suppose to be all gone.
It is the people up in Indiana a stealling all the rain. I have noticed how much you all are getting and I am just saying -- that is mighty glutinous of you.

Halifax, MA(Zone 6a)

Amanda, I agree with what you're saying. It's really too bad that people can't just try and get along. Some people just have to be miserable and make everyone else miserable too. I'm lucky I live in a rural area and don't have neighbors right on top of me. The neighbors I do have are nice people. Never had a problem dealing with them. I've lived in suburban neighborhoods, and never had a problem with neighbors. Guess I'm just lucky.


FU, United States(Zone 9b)

IlovemyTiger, you are very smart and have a 'level head'. You seem to think calmly which should be commended.

Maybe not 'all' New Jersey individuals are bad, 'money-obsessed', self-obsessed, and abusive, but many that I've known were. And no, it was'nt me.

And, no, it's not me that my closest neighbors are unhappy, sociopathic people.
My neighbor on the left has like 15 cameras attached to his house, plus has one in a tall tree. He never gets visitors and he was the "only one" to not say hi or anything to me since I moved into this house!
I remember seeing him in his driveway once and I was happy and smiling, and all I remember seeing was a nasty face from him and no hello. The neighbor to my right never said hello, he was always too busy cursing and yelling on his cell phone while outdoors(many times). I remember I was outside trying to pick weeds in my 'rock-beds' and heard his wife ask if she should go over and help me, and her unhappy husband said no.
Two months later a woman comes to my door and says do you know your nextdoor neighbor?, they have a summons out for them or something like that.

The rest of the people who occasionally walk by have said hello, or when I drove passed their place, they wave at me with a smile.

So.... time to "lay-the-f-off" of what you don't know.

Thanks and have a great holiday week.

Halifax, MA(Zone 6a)

Wow. Sounds like you got lucky to be sandwiched between to nasty neighbors. A shame.


FU, United States(Zone 9b)

LoL! Thanks Karen. But I'm dealing with it. I barely spend much time in my front yard, but spend more time in my 'fenced-in' backyard.
Or... I just leave and go somewhere else.

Oh and P.S., Karen, I would "never" be jealous of not being from NJ, I THANK GOD I'm not in NJ. I truly Thank God for that!!

My father is from NJ too, he is an abusive, child-molesting (repeatingly), abuser who kicked me down stairs when I was 2 years old, ...Then 31 years later he broke his "2-year-old son's arm" and abused his wives (of which he married 7 women).
He's a user, giggilo, abusive, "con-artist" and "material-obsessed" molester. He is displayed on the "online-list" of child molesters.

My "step-brother" from New Jersey tried to sell me to someone when I was young and tried to continue to "sell me" to his acquaintances so he could get favors or money from them, and etc, etc.
Not a single male from NewJersey has ever been different, they are all "the same", they are not healthy towards women, girls, or others. So, ...surprise, and wake up!

This message was edited Jul 1, 2012 12:44 AM

FU, United States(Zone 9b)

A shame, huh Karen.
A SHAME. Wow, what a SHAME!

Yep, a SHAME.

central, NJ(Zone 6b)

WOW sounds like you need to get professional help
Sorry you came from a horrible family but let's not paint the whole state with the same brush for pete's sake, I mean really NO single man in the whole state is different???? out of over 4 million men?????...I beg to differ my father, brothers, husband, nephews, father in law, brother in law, friends, cousins, uncles.....NONE of them have ever done anything like that

FU, United States(Zone 9b)

FlowAjen,... Well, then you are either 'very ignorant' or you weren't someone they felt they needed to "USE" for money, sex or "material-things".
Sorry, I guess you lose, "spoiled brat".

Did you grow-up along the "east-coast" of New Jersey? If not, than you don't know sh_t! And then you should 'shut-the-f_ck-up'.

Sounds like "you need" to get PROFESSIONAL HELP, AND FAST.

This message was edited Jul 1, 2012 1:31 AM

South China, ME(Zone 5a)

WOW, came to vote but don't want to now. That is some biased vile opinion you have there LoveForest, just your words ooze of hatred and contempt. Do we actually wonder where prejudice comes from??

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