There are certain expectations that come with growing a vegetable garden, like preserving what I have grown. There is so much produce for us to eat on a daily basis that it becomes inevitable that I must somehow preserve these fruits and vegetables for later and so therefore I can. I only started last year and only did salsa and freezer jam. This year I have to do a lot more. I did tomatoes which after reading the instructions over about 20 times was pretty simple. It's funny to me that learning and doing one thing leads us to learn and do other things.