Thursday, August 17, 2023

Next Year? Maybe? Possibly? Could Be?


At our old home, we had (what we called) our Porch of Produce. Tilling a garden in the small backyard was not an option. Instead, we filled lots of big planter pots with soil, seeds, and plants. They did well. 

Over the years, we grew a variety of tomatoes and peppers. That's all we could grow. And. We were proud of what we harvested.

During that time, of almost 8 years living there, our neighbor friends shared their bounty with us. 

We were exceptionally grateful for all of the fresh lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, summer and fall squash, zucchini, blueberries, raspberries, etc...

Our neighbor friends provided us with more than enough to enjoy throughout the summer and early fall. We froze the rest to use throughout the winter season. 

In return, we gave our neighbor friends fresh baked loaves of zucchini bread, pumpkin bread, fried green tomatoes, fried eggplant, and anything else that we made with fresh produce they gifted to us. 

It felt like our very own little farmers' market neighborhood. 

When we bought our house in 2020, we had high hopes for gardening and fruit trees. However, that didn't exactly work out. 

You can read about that here

Since that post, we have had new wildlife show up in our yard and our neighbor's yard.

Lots of Deer and Bobcats. 

This year, as we have since 2020, if we want fresh produce, we visit local farmstands and Farmer's Markets.  Although we are loving it, we are missing that camaraderie in our old neighborhood. 

More so.

It has inspired us to do a copious amount of research. 

We have 2 fenced-in backyards. One small. That is the yard our furry kids use. The other. Large. It's just lawn. And, that lawn is a great big waste of space. 

We want to grow fruits and vegetables. Lots of them. To enjoy and share throughout the summer months. To can and freeze during the cold weather months. 

We will get there. 

It's too late in the season now to begin this journey. 


Next year?

I am pretty sure that we are going to do it. 

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