This year's garden has had some difficulty - first seeds did not want to sprout because they just didn't want to! We had our soil tested this year, and that delayed some of the planting so that we could add nutrients we needed. Then the nights were too chilly way past the first of June, and finally seeds popped! By then it was already mid to end of June. Add to that the plants seemed stunted in spite of all the nutrients we added to the soil.
Through July I was beginning to believe we wouldn't get ANY Produce this year from our garden. It is now mid-August and we have gotten one zucchini (who ever gets only ONE zucchini?), about 20 small cucumbers (many I have eaten!), one and a half vacuum seal bags of green beans for the freezer, several green onions, and that is about it! Kind of worrisome and sad.
My prayer, DEEP prayer, is that ll this work WILL bring forth some amazing soil for NEXT year, but this year is slow. What can I do when everything is coming in as dribs and drabs? I can still put things up as they roll in, even if small batches.
Our latest videos show two examples of small batches that I can do and still be able to be prepared for winter. One is to blanch the green beans as they come in and when enough are ready in the freezer, I can vacuum seal a meals worth for longer term storage. The other idea is refrigerator pickles.
In this note you will find the PDF recipe for my refrigerator pickle recipe I have used for 2 or 3 decades. It is in a printable format so that you, too, can enjoy!
Blessings to you and may your crops be plentiful!
- Judith Garton
Judith has over 30 years experience in food storage, herbs, essential oils, and prepping. She was a captain in the USAF-AUX, FEMA trained, Community Emergency Response Team member and NRA marksmanship award recipient. She shares her experiences with her readers offering tips and recipes.
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