Just get out and do it.

Welcome to my blog, Garden for Your Life! This site will be mostly about my garden, but you can build one just like it in your back yard too. It can be bigger or smaller, just get out and do it. You can do it for fun. Your can do it for your health. You can do it for fresh food in these troubled times. The point is to get out and do it for whatever reason that you need.

Over time I will cover topics like canning and preserving your harvest, soil and beds, bugs, what to plant and when, and much more.

I've been working on this garden on mine and improving on it for over five years now. I will continue doing that for many more. You can too, just get out and do it.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

canning potatoes.

Howdy Y'all !  We've had a bumper crop of potatoes this year, with more to come as the beds were replanted for a seconf crop this season.  Last week I showed you how we dehydrated a whole mess of the potatoes.  Now lets can most of the left overs for use in soup and stews.

First the recipe

Let the chopping begin!  The majority for this batch of baby red and white salad potatoes and a few baby russet potatoes.  The second batch will be all russet potatoes.  No, I don't skin them.  That is where the ruffage and a lot of vitamins are.  You can skin them if you wish, we chose not to.  Into a bowl of water and a teaspoon of ascorbic acid to prevent browing of the potatoes.
Next into a hot pot of water for 2 minuets to remove some excess starch.  Scoop them into your clean jars.  Add salt, 1/2 teaspoon for these pint jars and add some purified water, leaving 1" headspace.  

Don't forget to wipe the rims with white vinegar!  Now seal them and place in your pressure canner.

The first batch, now waiting for that 'tink'.  Its all about the Tink!


  1. Just read through many of your homesteading posts that went back to last summer. Great ideas, recipes etc. I came to your site from a link on Survival blog.com. I'm surprised to find so few comments here. Surely others must be benefiting from all your hard work! Keep it up bro!

    1. Howdy, Thank you for your comments. Really I only have a small following, so few comment. I do have a lot of folks who also comment on face book. Thanks again