Sharing abundance with neighbors
Whenever you have too much of something, consider sharing with your neighbors. The usual cliche is gifting your neighbors with your overabundance of tomatoes or zuchinni, but lots of other overages are opportuninties in disguise.
Example: We had too many tomato seedlings. So last week we gave them away to some of the neighbors we'd met on homemade our Christmas cookie neighbor-meeting visits, thus strengthening the frienships. We also have flower bulbs tha thave multiplied beyond our needs, so we potted some up and gave them to another neighbor who is a flower gardener. We have this year's figs ripening and more of last year's fig jam jam than we need, so we took fig jam to the neighbors who have an apiary and exchanged it for an equal amount of honey. And we are about to exchange more fig jam with neighbors hwo have goats and hopefully are into cheese making.
I spent two hours visiting with one nearby family who wanted to get into gardening and pumped me for advice, thanks to our spare tomoato plants. I just got back from the neighbor with the apiary after two hours gabbing in her kithchen; the last time I'd been there I spent my time wih the hisband talking bees. This tie I hung out with the wfe. She's a spry 70-year-old woman who lives in a 108-year-old house; it was like being transported back in time to my Pennsylvania grandpartent's house. I can learn all sorts of neat things from her: we are already sharing recipes and canning tips. Her son took over the honey business when her husband died and they have chickens and a small farm and construction business.
Get to know the people are within easy walking distance of your home. It's really worth it.