The past few weeks have been busy ones in the Community Garden
Since our blog has not been updated in a while and last Tuesday (October 27th) marked the end of our gardening season, I thought that it would be appropriate to post some reflections.
During the past few weeks, the gardeners have learned about the process of making Calendula Salve (a combination of organic olive oil, organic lavender oil, calendula flowers, and beeswax that can be used externally to speed the healing of cuts, burns, bruises, bugs bites, etc.), prepared and canned a variety of salsas, and done several garden clean-ups to prepare the land for the winter months. The two Tuesdays that the gardeners were indoors cooking together were filled great conversations and a renewed appreciation for the earth and all that it offers. There was ample Calendula Salve and salsa for all to take home and enjoy and share with others.
Garden clean-up went quickly due to the energy and enthusiasm of all the gardeners. Although it was sad to think about the lost of our large garden due to the impending building project of the Sisters of St. Joseph, we were able to take some time during our final garden clean-up to reflect upon the years that the garden has been part of the community garden. In this spirit of contemplation, words of gratitude were offered up for all of the ways that the garden and this gardening community have impacted each person's life. After sharing in the final harvest of beets and lettuce, the gardeners parted with the plan reconvene after the New Year to begin to prepare and plan for next season’s garden.
Stayed tuned for details about the Community Garden planning events and everyone at Celeste's Dream hopes to see you during the next season of planting, growing, and sharing.