You'll love gardening!!! If you're interested in freezing and canning your produce - it is so rewarding. Please, however, contact your local Extension Office to get up-to-date canning guidelines and recipes (they usually have great classes in summer). It is very important to know how to safely preserve foods without compromising the health of your family. Unless a recipe is tested by scientists, it should not be used. Botulism toxin is a very real and life-altering, if not fatal food poisoning. It is MUCH more serious than tummy upset and diarrhea. You shouldn't be scared of it, but you should take it very seriously.