2011 Backyard Garden in Lancaster, SC
by Kathy Griffin
(Lancaster, SC, USA)
I started gardening a couple years ago. I really enjoy it. Last year I decided to enlarge it and spend the summer putting up fruits and veggies from my harvest. I ended up with 72 quarts of green beans that I canned, 48 quarts of canned tomatoes, corn, and okra (soup mix), 66 quart bags of frozen okra (rolled in cornmeal ready to fry), 60 quart bags of frozen tomatoes, 40 quart bags of frozen corn, homemade jelly from blackberries picked behind my husbands workplace, strawberry jelly pick from a local farm in Fort Mill, tons of pints of pickles from cucumbers, okra, squash, zucc's, etc.
We have eaten from our garden all year. We also have venison in the freezer. We average 9-11 deer each year which is processed and frozen. I have lowered my grocery bill from $200 - $225 per week to less than $400 per month.
The food is so much better. I can barely tolerate eating veggies in a can purchased from the grocery store. They taste terrible! I will attempt to post some pics of the garden. God blessed us with a bountiful harvest this year. Note: No fertilizer is ever used. I make compost from left over foods and leaves.