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Gardening Brings People Together

February 3rd, 2011

One of the things I’ve noticed is that gardening really bring people together. The love of gardening is something that many people from all walks of life have in common. It doesn’t matter if your ninety or nine, if you’re both gardeners you can find something to talk about.

My neighbors have always asked me about gardening, but more so now that I’m growing edible things. After I put in raised beds in the back and starting growing tomatoes in my front flowerbeds, I noticed that a few of my neighbors started to do the same. The neighbors across the street even starting cutting down trees each year to expand their edible garden. She comes over often to ask my advice about what’s wrong with her peppers or where to buy strawberry plants. Late this fall she came over and offered me some raspberry canes. I’d been wanting to put some in, but hadn’t bought any yet, so I say yes. She brought over a bucket full of them, I think there were 10 canes in all. I’ll have to make sure to take her some garlic when I harvest mine this summer, as I know she doesn’t grow her own yet.

Gardening truly is a wonderful way to open the door to get to know your neighbors. Even if your neighbors don’t garden, simply sharing some of your bounty may be enough to get them interested. You may find yourself with gardening neighbors soon enough!

Do you share plants & produce with neighbors? Has a neighbor shared plants with you?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.