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Start Your Own Gardening Co-op!

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Even though our garden is small, sometimes it's a race against time to eat everything that we grow before it rots. We do try to freeze and can things (we canned our own marinara sauce with homegrown tomatoes for the first time this week -- but that's for another blog post!). If your looking for ways to use all of your homegrown fruits and veggies and try varieties that you don't grow yourself, try a Gardening Co-Op!  Have a "gardening swap" party with your friends an neighbors. 

I love to meet with local gardeners in our neighborhood at the end of the winter, and form a co-op.  Each gardener can plan to grow different things, and then meet a few times a month to swap their fruits and veggies.  This year we had raspberries galore...wouldn't it have been fun for us to share those raspberries and get some, say, blueberries in return?  With all the talk about the importance of eating locally, you can't get more local than stuff grown in your yard, or your neighbor's yard.  By sharing your harvests with fellow gardeners, everyone can enjoy fresh, local produce.  

Might be something fun, tasty, keen, and green to consider for next year's gardening season.