I'm starting with baby steps. I've canned 2 pints of pickled beets, 4 pints of beetroot relish (FYI: I substituted a cup of sugar with a tsp of Matakana organic stevia & it tastes awesome!) & made 2 quarts of sauerkraut. There are a lot more heads of cabbage that are just about ready. Some we will eat fresh & I'm thinking I will shred & freeze some for stirfrys. My 9 year old has zucchini that we've been slicing & freezing. I must look over some of this community's recipes!
Of all the tomato seeds sown, I only ended up with 7 plants (2 varieties), however ... I transplanted 14 that self-seeded from last year!! Not the variety I would've chosen, but I'm sure they'll make great salad tomatoes & relish!
I've never had success with pumpkins or corn, but I have 3 pumpkin plants so far (still hoping to plant more if it's not too late) & 12 ruby red corn for making popcorn. I also have glass gem to plant (again, if I haven't missed the window), luffas (for those great sponges I keep seeing on Instagram) & melons.
The successes & beauty of the garden, the satisfaction of feeding my family healthy, homegrown food & the trickle of produce being stored in the pantry for the off-season, FAR outweighs any failures. I'm in LOVE with gardening. It's only going to get better from here on out. I love the gardening community, willing to share their knowledge & expose their failures so we can avoid the same mistakes.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a blessed, productive & bountiful gardening season.