When you planted your garden it is likely you did not think about what you would do if you ended up growing too much. If you find yourself with too many garden leftovers however you may be wondering what you can do with all the extra produce you weren’t planning on. If you’ve got more green beans than you can eat, fortunately you don’t have to let them go to waste. When it comes to deciding what to do with the harvest of your garden, there are a number of possibilities.
So, What You Can Do With Your Garden Harvest?
Share it With the Neighbours
Your neighbours would likely gladly accept your leftover fruits and vegetables. You can even package them in a decorative container to make a fruit or vegetable basket. It is always a nice surprise to receive.
Try Freezing It
It is easy to freeze fruits and vegetables, as long as you have the room in your freezer. You can avoid freezer burn by making sure that your canisters are properly sealed prior to freezing. The USDA recommends freezing for up to six months when stored properly.
Put in it a Jar
Another thing to do is to preserve your fruits and vegetables. You can learn the basics of home canning rather easily to make all sorts of things. This can also be a lot of fun to do, especially if you get your friends and family involved in the action.
Dehydrating is another great low cost way to save your food. It also makes for great make ahead appetizer recipes. The possibilities are endless on all of the tasty things you can make with a dehydrator!
Make a Donation
Another great idea to consider is to give away to a great cause. Check with your local organizations to see what programs they have you can get involved in. This is a great way to give back to the community and share the bounty from your garden.
These are just a few of the many ideas of the things you can do with the harvest from your garden when you have more than you can eat. Best of all, all of these ideas are good tasting and fun to do!