Rain is the best for the crops and flowers. @HonnyBrown, we had Basil coming out of our ears last year. Smelled so good and the entire neighborhood was supplied. @heather shops, I love cilantro. Going to try next year.
Oh yes, DH went and plucked a few peppers that weren't ready yet. Tomatoes are there, so far we've eaten 4 of them. So delicious! Little zucchinis coming along. Cant wait for our neighbors Kombucha squash. You should see his crops. Amazing!
My husband and I have had a bumper crop of cucumbers this year - over 500 pounds. We have given away so many and finally pulled them up because they were drowning out the peppers. Never had a year like this for cucumbers.
Contact local organizations that have food pantry operations. Churches and other houses of worship often do. Call appropriate county gov't agency for names of organizations that serve food needs of the needy. Any place that they call that does not have a food pantry program ask where the nearest one is.
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The first year we did zucchini, DH threw seeds down, fertilized and watered. Zucchini coming out of everywhere. We supplied the neighborhood, family, friends. Had so much, one of my DDs posted on local social media and placed them all on a table. Was not crazy about the idea, but they sure went. We did this twice. Second time we added tomatoes. Basil last year? I couldn't get rid of all of it. In retrospect, i should have given it to the local farmers market vendors to sell.
I volunteer at a food bank. Every month, one of the volunteers brings in bounty from his farm. We bag it and give it to the food bank recipients.
One month he had butternut squash. One of the volunteers never had it before. I told her it was hard to cut. The next month, she agreed. She said she liked butternut squash but would only buy it precut from the market.
"There's so much trouble in this world; surrounded by miracles" - Citizen Cope
We gave all the excess zucchini to a local women's shelter, along with a bunch of tomatoes and herbs. In the process, we found that a couple of the managers there would glean our fruit trees. It was definitely a win-win situation.
I have 2 gardens this year. I paid for a garden plot and I have a juliet tomato, serrano peppers and a chile pepper out back here. I am going to pick peppers today. I also have zinnias, blue salvia , 2 types of marigolds and cleomes.