It's that time of year - the garden is winding down, but there is still a lot of work to do. I don't do any canning any more - but I do preserve a lot of what we grow.
We have five different apple trees, all different varieties. Since we can eat about a single pint of applesauce in a year, I had to figure out something else to do to try to preserve them. Drying is the ticket for us! When we travel, it's nice to have a big jar of them for snacks. Most of the grandchildren prefer dried apples to fresh ones.
I save containers all year to store dried apples.
My son and daughter-in-law gave me a juicer for my birthday, and I've been enjoying experimenting with it.
Today I used cucumbers, kale, carrots, beets, grapes, tomato, and apples for my juice. I make juice about once a week, and make enough to freeze some for when I don't have so many veggies and fruit to choose from. This was the best mix yet! I drink about 4-6 ounces every day, and keep enough in the fridge for a few days at a time. I haven't done a juice diet yet, but am thinking about doing that for a few days.
I put the compost that results from juicing out for the birds.
This year I've had some beautiful annual flowers, and with the extended dry weather, I've found many seeds that I can store for spring when I'm ready to plant annuals again. I'm also saving bean seed from my Kentucky Wonder beans and all the various squash plants that have produced so abundantly this year.