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Harvest trade

Basket of tomatoes

There comes a time in the life of every garden when the head gardener is just so overloaded with produce that she has to make tough decisions. The tomatoes --- yes, we'll preserve every ounce of those. But maybe that huge basket of okra and sweet corn would be better off visiting another household?

Basket of garden goodies

I figured if I sweetened the pot with some fresh carrots and peppers and hazelnuts and scarlet runner beans and zinnias, Mom wouldn't realize I was just trying to foist off my unwanted children on her.

Filling up on cardboard

In exchange, my kind mother filled the back seat of our car with found cardboard. One man's trash is definitely this woman's treasure! Thanks, Mom! Seems like a pretty fair trade.



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