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Friday, September 4, 2015

Do gardeners make good neighbors?

These kinds do!





I saw this handmade box coming home from errands on a new route. Isn't this the most charming thing ever? It gives me hope in humanity, and in cukes and zukes, too.

I drove by another day to see the box brimming with pears. This time I was bold enough to knock on the front door to introduce myself and chat with the homeowner, Becky. She told me her family decided to do this after seeing a picture of a similar box. Neighbors help each other in a give-and-take all summer. "We always have enough to share," she said.

And that, my friends, is one secret of raising a good garden: when you desire to share you will have abundance.


Check out Maple Hill's seed to table series today about avocados.

5 comments:

NOT THAT KIND OF FARMER said...

Very good article... Thanks for sharing

daisy g said...

I LOVE this idea! It reminds me of a story I did on mini-libraries that folks can start right in their neighborhoods by adding unused books for others to borrow.

What a great community project! Thanks for sharing a great idea!

Carie said...

Oh that's such a great idea! Not that I've grown enough to share just yet but you never know, maybe one year!

David said...

Jennifer, almost all the harvest from my garden gets given away. I don't keep much for myself. I just like growing the garden but not really trying to preserve it. I did preserve 12 quarts of tomatoes this year and will try to get some dry storage beans for winter soup but that's about it for me. All the rest of the beans, tomatoes, and green peppers were given away. As my garden expands, I really have to find someone that can preserve the harvest and let me have a small portion. I'd even help with the preservation but doing it alone is such a big (hot) job in the hottest part of the summer.

Have a great harvest sharing day.

Colleen said...

Oh I love this idea! What a great way to bring people together and pay it forward. Makes me wish that more people gardened in my neighborhood.