Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletOctober 17, 2017

Earth Concerns News

Harvests by Sister Marion Honors, CSJ


In mid-October, the first heavy fall frost is due in our region, bringing to a close the growing season for most plants. It is a good time to reflect on the beauty of the land and the abundance of the harvest and to realize that in these momentous times on Earth, having a garden or eating from the bounty of a local, organic garden is one of the most far-reaching choices one can make for the good of the whole Earth community. In addition to the food it gives, gardening can turn into a revelatory experience every day. I marvel at the bees coming in August to pollinate the raspberries, on time, no invitation sent, no fee paid, free. I am awestruck by the large, green tomato hornworm who hosted at least 50 white, beneficial wasp eggs on its back for weeks before it died. To be attentive, to tend the garden, is to slip one=s hand into the hand of the Creator.

 

From Some of Our Gardeners

 

Anne Tranelli

In the spring I was the recipient of six tomato plants. The area which was available to me to plant the tomatoes was quite limited. However, I squeezed in the plants and from that moment on, I visited the plants on a daily basis, watered them and even talked to them. The short-term result was quite a few delicious tomatoes! The long-term result was creating more space for at least twelve plants for next year!

 

Marcia Blair

Since I am not much of a gardener, I decided to start on a small scale with three large pots, two for tomatoes and one for parsley and basil. I was successful in making pesto sauce which I shared with others. Our dear neighbors enjoyed the tomatoes!

 

Clare Pelkey

This past summer, because of the propensity the resident woodchucks seemed to have for squash blossoms and bean plant leaves, I planted these plants in large pots on the tiny deck off the living room. The beans yielded several messes; the squash blossoms evaded the woodchucks, but the barely formed squash quickly succumbed to blossom end rot. The total squash harvest was one! Eight heirloom tomato plants, in four pots and two earth boxes, not only survived but yielded a rich harvest.

 

Rosemary Hock

It took a spot about ten feet by two feet along the fence in our yard, a little topsoil, a shovel, some elbow grease and a great deal of direct sun. I bought six big-boy tomato plants for two dollars. Since early August we have been enjoying delicious tomatoes in sandwiches and salads. The two dollars more than doubled itself in value. Try it sometime; you=ll like it!

 

For a summary of the Home/land Committee=s deeply prophetic ten-month offering on food, reread Lin Neil=s article in the September issue of Carondelet East and realize anew that in the food we eat ASacred Mystery embraces us in unifying love and we know Communion.@ (Acts of Chapter 2007)

 

Seed Catalogues to Feed Winter Garden Dreams

! Abundant Life Seeds, P.O. Box 157, Saginaw, OR 97472-0157; abundantlifeseeds.com

! Fedco Seeds, P.O. Box 520, Waterville, ME 04903-0520; fedcoseeds.com

! Johnny=s Selected Seeds, Foss Hill Road, Albion, ME 04910; johnnyseeds.com

 

(October 2007)