Front-yard veges nurture a sense of community

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A lovely letter left on our front doorstep, along with two rolls of insect netting.
A lovely letter left on our front doorstep, along with two rolls of insect netting.

At a recent dinner party, good friends of ours were complaining that they don’t have any real sense of community where they live. They don’t tend to talk to the neighbours, and don’t connect up with other locals, even when at the school gate waiting for their kids.

This isn’t our experience.

Ever since we started our vege patch in the front garden, we’ve met and chatted with folks from the surrounding area.

When we’re working in the garden, five minutes doesn’t go by without someone saying ‘hi’ when walking past, or mentioning ‘I love your garden’. We’ve had many conversations over the front fence, about gardening, the local area and local gossip.

One morning when opening the front door I found several rolls of insect netting, and the letter shown above.

How nice is this! These are locals that we chat with, but they aren’t our close friends. So it’s lovely that they thought of us, and went out of their way to be of help.

So: want to feel better connected to your local neighbourhood? Start growing veges in your front garden 🙂

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