Monday, July 18, 2016

Our Porch Of Produce And Bob's Garden

For the past few years, we've had a Porch of Produce. Basically, it's container gardening. On the porch. We've grown squash, tomatoes, peppers, beans, cucumbers, and herbs. It's been a lot of trial and error. This year, we're discovering that cucumbers don't do well in smaller containers and we probably should have thinned out the plants. On the other end of the stick, our peppers are doing incredible. Best year yet.

You live. You learn. 

Aside from our Porch of Produce, our neighbor friend, Bob, keeps us stocked with the bounties from his garden. Shortly after we moved here 4 years ago, I remember coming home and finding a bag of produce at our door along with some sunflowers. Since then, every week during the summer, sometimes twice a week, he brings us bags of beans, squash, tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, lettuce, and broccoli. Sometimes, he delivers containers of fresh berries. Towards the fall, we're stocked with butternut squash.

We are very lucky and extremely grateful. 

None of it goes to waste. Ever. We grill the squash, make salads, saute the beans and broccoli, steam the corn, use the large zucchini to make pup and human friendly zucchini bread, etc. We love it all. So do the kids. They enjoy diced up raw and grilled and sauteed veggies too.

Towards the end of the summer, we start freezing some of the bounty for winter soups.

Did I mention how lucky and extremely grateful we are?

This is one of the many reasons why I love the summer season...and our neighbor friends.

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