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produce 300.pngSpring is on its way and now is the time to plan what produce you may want to plant in your garden. In order to get the most out of your garden space, it’s important to plan what to put in the ground, and also plan how to preserve the bountiful harvest.  Careful planning and careful attention throughout the growing season can provide your family with delicious home grown fruits and vegetables throughout the year.

Two resources can help with your planning. The first is the Alabama Extension publication “The Alabama Vegetable Gardner”. It gives vegetable yields per 100 feet of land – an essential planning tool for the home food producer.  For example, 100 feet of tomatoes should yield 100 pounds of tomatoes. The publication also contains information about planting, soil fertility, weed control, disease control, and insect control.

Based on what is planted, plans can be made to preserve the produce. To can the tomatoes in the above example, the 100 pounds of tomatoes will make about 35 quarts of whole canned tomatoes. A yield chart, canning recipes, and freezing instructions can be found in the Alabama Extension Home Food Preservation book.  More recipes and resources can be found online at the National Center for Home Food Preservation ( hosted by the University of Georgia.
Want to plant more and provide your local community with fresh fruits and vegetables?  Think about selling some of your excess at a Farmers Market.  It’s a great way to earn a little extra money this summer and help build our local food system.  Farmers markets are located throughout the state.  Check out the Alabama Farmers Market Association website to find one near you (
For more gardening and food preservation information, go to or call your local county Extension office.



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