Dealing with Garden Overgrowth

When gardening’s not your full-time job, the harvest can start to pile up. Beds become overrun with vegetables, which are then unsuitable for eating, and eventually begin to attract bugs. But sometimes you just don’t have the time or energy to deal with the bounty. ⁣ ⁣ If you ever get overwhelmed by the duties of tending to or harvesting your garden, like I have a few times, consider the following steps to relieve your produce overgrowth: ⁣ ⁣ 1. Forgive yourself! City, backyard, and container gardeners have active lives and it’s understandable if the regular duties of gardening get away from us sometimes. Brush the dirt off your shoulder and keep gardening 💪🏾⁣ ⁣ 2. Share with your neighbors. Name something as cute as a bouquet of rosemary. What’s more delightful than a basket of lemons? How many gifts are as useful as a bushel of greens? ⁣ ⁣ 3. Recycle, reduce, reuse. The saying rings more relevant than ever in this moment of climate change. If you know you won’t have time to harvest, wash, prepare, and freeze the produce, let it contribute to the next crop by turning it into compost. Add excess crops to your compost bins so their life-giving nutrients don’t go to waste. ⁣ ⁣ ***How do you share your bounty when you have more crop than you can handle? Drop your tips in the comments and follow my gardening and healthy living adventures on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter!