Mary Ann and I have been discussing the idea of expanding the garden. It is currently a 4' x 8' raised bed. We have enough room for a few veggies, but I would like to try more. A couple of years ago I grew okra with some success. However, there wasn't enough to do much with because I didn't have enough room.
One of my concerns is having too much food and having it go to waste. However, I think I've found a solution. I've always been hesitant to can. When I think of canning I think of old pickled beans, carrots, etc. I've recently discovered that there are so many more things I can do with fruits and vegetables that aren't as traditional. On a recent trip to a bookstore I found "Preserves". There are tons of recipes for jams, chutneys, butters, and jellies, using many different vegetables, fruits, and herbs. I also found some really cool jars from a company called "Weck".
I think I am going to start with something easy and make peach butter. I will let you know how it turns out.