Seeds planted, seeds growing, the society garden is on its way to the 2017 planting. The members gathered and started the seed tray on Sunday, February 19, 2017 as some plants need to get an earlier start. We started artichokes, peas, onions, Serrano pepper, and cabbage.
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The plants just keep on giving, but there ain’t no more room! SLPS filled its last buckets and picked its last peppers, as the fall season is here in full swing, so it was time to prepare the garden for winter by pulling out all the plants that wouldn’t survive the snowfall and cold temperatures. A bucket of tomatoes and tomatillos, some squash, a bucket of peppers, a few watermelons, and many pumpkins were harvested in the last harvest in time for Samhain. SLPS has been truly blessed with bountiful produce and few pests in 2016. The 2017 garden will have similar items, but will be scaled back a little bit with fewer pepper and pumpkin plants.
SLPS enjoyed a beautiful Sunday afternoon September 25, 2016 gathering Elder berries in Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT. A friend of the society took us on the afternoon gathering, driving up to a select location along the road among the Aspen forests. Traipsing through the underbrush, the Elder berry bushes were in many spots, rising some 10 feet into the air with the berries dangling before the gatherers. The whiter the berry, the sweeter the juice is how it goes, but always leave some berries for next year if there aren’t any green ones left as the dears also eat the berries.
A trip to the river refreshed everyone. While walking back to the car, President Cureton stumbled upon a Mountain Ash, also known as Rowan, containing bright red berries. What delicious jam all these berries will make!
Posted in garden, nature, tagged artichoke, cabbage, Corn, eggplant, fruits, gardening, herbs, leeks, lettuce, nature, okra, onions, peppers, plants, pumpkins, Salt Lake Pagan Society, shallots, society garden 2016, squash, tomatoes, vegetables, watermelon on July 4, 2016| Leave a Comment »
The society garden is growing strong! A month and a half of growing and many of the plants have bushed, vined, and stalked. Only a couple were lost, one cucumber, one corn, one pepper plant, and some onions. All in all, not so bad! The loss mainly may be due to the gophers or bad starters.
Peppers are coming in, vines on the watermelons and pumpkins have taken off, lettuce is growing high, squash is bushing, corn stalks are about 2 feet high and already show tassels, and onions are getting thick. The society is blessed with many plants and few pests!
Posted in esbat, garden, moons, nature, tagged anaheim, anchio, artichoke, baquieu lettuce, basil, brandywine tomato, butter lettuce, cabbage, Caribbean, chipotle, Corn, De Milpa, dill, druidry, earth worms, full moon planting, garden, gardening, gardening by the moon, ghost pepper, granny green tomato, habanero, heirloom variety, jack be little pumpkin, jack o lantern, jalapeno, japanese eggplant, jarrahdale pumpkin, jumping spider, june bug, keystone giant, lacewing fly, lemon drop, Millcreek Gardens, moon planting, non GMO, okra, organic garden, peppers, pimento, pumpkins, purple tomatillo, roly poly, serrano, shallots, shishito, Society garden, spiders, tobasco, tomatoes, Traces Nursery, verde, watermelon, Yellow Husk, yellow onion, yellow summer squash, yellow tomatillo, zebra tomato on May 24, 2016| Leave a Comment »
The members of SLPS met on Saturday, May 21-Monday, May 23, 2016 to plant the second Society garden over the full moon. The ground was weeded, turned, and manure was added. This year the garden doubled in size, so more work was to be done and more time given to the Earth. Thankfully the rain softened the sand and only the crab grass fought back. Monday evening, after all the hard work, the starter plants from Millcreek and Traces gardens were planted under the light of the moon.
This year the society planted: corn, okra, Japanese eggplant, red watermelon; Jack-o-lantern, Jack-be-little, and Jarrahdale pumpkins; artichoke, shallots, Walla Walla sweet yellow onion, baquieu and butter lettuce, cabbage, yellow summer squash; De Milpa, Verde, and Yellow Husk tomatillo; dill and basil; Granny Green, Zebra, and Brandywine tomatoes; Armenian cucumbers; Giant Marconi, Habanero, Tobasco, Anaheim, Anaheim Chili, Serrano, Chipotle, Pimento, Ghost, Lemon Drop, Anchio, Caribbean, Shishito, and Keystone Giant peppers. The total cost this year being $300 for the plants and supplies.
Some good insects were spotted, a few spiders egg sacks and one jumping spider. Earth worms and roly polies were plenty. A few June bug larve and lacewing flies were seen. A test of the soil revealed that the sandy earth is a neutral, neither acidic or alkaline, perfect for all types of plants!
Society Garden Planting 2016, l to r: April Love, Camille Harris, Stesha Bowden, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT
Posted in nature, Pagan, Ritual, Sabbat, wicca, witchcraft, tagged beltane, Beltane 2016, gay beltane, Great Rite, Lisa Thiel, Maypole, pagan, queer gods, ritual, Salt Lake Pagan Society, Utahliving, White Zifandel, wicca on May 1, 2016| Leave a Comment »
The members of SLPS met on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 3pm to celebrate the union of the Lord and Lady in matrimony and at the Beltane wedding. The Maypole was unwoven from 2014 and set up on the lawn. Flowers from the garden adorned the altar as well as the great rite statue and queer gods painting.
Poetry honoring the Gods was read. The great rite was performed, the uniting of the blade and chalice, by the high priest and high priestess, offering up white zinfandel wine. Beltane was played by Lisa Thiel on her album Circle of the Seasons as the members danced and wove the ribbons on 2016’s pole. As the members drank wine and relaxed, two morning doves flew into the trees, issuing calls to the members and giving the sign that the Lord and Lady was present.
The feasting included homemade drunken German Chocolate cake, beef stroganov, and noodles.
The members of SLPS met under the beautiful full moon Saturday, April 23, 2016 to honor the mother Goddess Gaia in honor of Earth Day Blooming blueberry bushes adorned the altar, with offerings of juice and apples for the Mother.