Putting the Garden to Bed
mary jane ahrendes
Bravo for the flowers still in full bloom, feeding us with their beauty and feeding the bees getting ready to spend the winter in their hives. It's October 2nd, and I feel the rhythms of the Earth pulling in, as I am pulling my energy back inside as well. Getting ready for the internal nurturing - both in me and in the Earth, readying us both for new growth in the spring.
The Garden is in "quieting" mode, too. Some late season crops, some fall flowers, the beginning of leaves and pine cones on the ground - all signs that the activity from the outside will be minimal as the land rejuvenates itself, rests, and takes the necessary time to get ready for growth. I tend to forget that this time of year is as important to the growth, to the "blossoming" as is everything we do in the spring - the planting, fertilizing, watering. It's now that we have the chance to revitalize, re-gather ourselves, rest, renew, re-invigorate. In the Garden, the layers of lasagna composting work their magic to make that beautiful soil that will give us a great harvest next summer - sometimes I'm impatient for it to come again, bemoaning the winter that makes it all possible. On my journal, the saying is "In order to blossom, we have to grow". Winter is the time we prepare our own soil for growth - our body has rhythms that take us inside to rest just as the Earth does.
On October 12th, we'll be having a last fling in the Garden - a "Putting the Garden to Bed" Fall Festival. Honoring the wonderful first year with all the learning we did, thanking the Garden for producing the beautiful harvest, and helping us give back to our community, celebrating the youth who visited and worked and maybe for the first time in their lives, picked a carrot to eat. It's been a grand year in the Garden - it fed us all, sometimes with tomatoes and sometimes with the knowing that we were being "filled" with things not quite so evident. Join us on the 12th, 11-2, to celebrate the Garden and its gifts.