EDNA — Stroll around to the back of Geary Hare’s home, past the clinking wind chimes and pots of banana peppers, and you’ll encounter lush rows of broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbages growing skyward.

The broccoli heads peeking out from behind the enormous leaves rival the size of those lining the produce shelves at your local H-E-B. During the prior two growing seasons, Hare, 58, planted green beans and black-eyed peas, both nitrogen-fixing plants, in the same location, enriching the soil with nutrients that helped the broccoli flourish.

Mark Rosenberg reports on rural community life for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. He can be reached at mrosenberg@vicad.com or 361-574-1264 or on Twitter at @markrosenberg32. To support local journalism at the Advocate through Report for America, go to VictoriaAdvocate.com/report.

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Mark Rosenberg writes about rural community life for the Advocate as a Report for America corps member. He covers Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, and Refugio counties. Questions or tips? Contact: mrosenberg@vicad.com or call 361-574-1264.

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Martin Strarup

Kudos Mr. Hare! Living out of town I can't participate but it's a great idea that I hope people take advantage of. But save me some of the black-eye-peas would you?

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