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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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Society Garden 2017, Ashton Longhurst, Sunday, February 19, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2017, starter see tray: onions, jalapeno, artichoke, cabbage, and serrano peppers, Sunday, February 19, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2017, seeds after two weeks, Saturday, March 4, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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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.

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Society Garden 2016, pumpkins in the field, Saturday, October 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, Ashton Longhurst with Jack-O-Lantern, Saturday, October 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, harvest pumpkins and watermelons, l to r: pie pumpkin, watermelon, Jack-O-Lantern, Jarrahdale, Jack-Be-Little, Saturday, October 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, Ashton Longhurst cleaning garden for winter, Saturday, October 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, Daniel Cureton with pumpkins Saturday, October 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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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!

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Mountain Berry Harvesting 2016, view at canyon, Sunday, September 25, 2016, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mountain Berry Harvesting 2016, view in canyon looking south west, Sunday, September 25, 2016, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mountain Berry Harvesting 2016, Elder berries on tree with Ashton Longhurst (l) and Lei Loni Middleton, Sunday, September 25, 2016, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mountain Berry Harvesting 2016, Daniel Cureton (north view), Sunday, September 25, 2016, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mountain Berry Harvesting 2016, in the Aspen forest l to r: Rachel Figueroa, Ashton Longhurst, Lei Loni Middleton, Sunday, September 25, 2016, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mountain Berry Harvesting 2016, river with Lei Loni Middleton (l) and Ashton Longhurst, Sunday, September 25, 2016, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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Mountain Berry Harvesting 2016, Lei Loni Middleton with Rowan berries, Sunday, September 25, 2016, Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

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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!

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Society Garden 2016, artichoke, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, peppers, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, peppers, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, anaheim pepper, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, serrano chilis, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, celery, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, okra, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, watermelon, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, pumpkins, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, pumpkin patch, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, corn, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, yellow squash, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, leeks, cabbage (top) and lettuce (right), Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, baquieu lettuce, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, cabbage, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, view looking down garden with corn (back), squash (back middle), lettuce (middle), leeks (right), and cabbage (front) with April Love, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, square garden area with tomatoes (back), cucumber (back middle), tomatillos (back middle right), shallots (front middle) and onions (right), Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, herbs Parsley (back), dill (cage), cilantro (front left) and oregano (right), Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, view of garden along fence, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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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!

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Society Garden Planting 2016, l to r: Ashton Longhurst, Camille Harris, Stesha Bowden Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, April Love, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, l to r: April Love, Camille Harris, Stesha Bowden, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, Ashton Longhurst, Sunday, May 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, spider with egg sack, Sunday, May 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, earth worms, Sunday, May 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, Lauren Holman (l) and Ashton Longhurst, Sunday, May 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, jumping spider, Monday, May 23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, Ashon Longhurst (l) and Lauren Holman, Monday, May 23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, watermelon and pumpkins, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, okra, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, pepper plants, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, artichoke, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, celery, Wednesday, May 26, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, pepper, melon, pumpkin and okra patch, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, corn, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, yellow summer squash, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, romaine (bottom), baquieu, and butter lettuce, cabbage (top), Wednesday, May 26, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, leeks, Wednesday, May 26, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, eggplant (left), shallots (right), tomatoes (top, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, shallots (left), tomatoes (top left), Armenian cucumbers (middle top), tomatillos (middle), yellow onions (right), Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden Planting 2016, view of patch by fence looking south west, Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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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.

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Beltane 2016, Camille Harris, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, unraveling 2014’s Maypole weaving l to r: Camille Harris, Ashton Longhurst, April Love, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, Maypole, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, altar, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, altar center, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, April Love, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, dancing around the Maypole l to r: April Love, Ashton Longhurst, Camille Harris, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, after Maypole weaving, l to r: Camille Harris, Ashton Longhurs, Daniel Cureton, April Love, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, after Maypole weaving l to r: Camille Harris, Daniel Cureton, Ashton Longhurst, April Love, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2016, feast: homemade drunken German chocolate cake, peas, beef stroganov, noodle, Sunday, May 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

 

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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.

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April Full Pink Moon Altar, Goddess Gaia with blueberry bushes, Saturday, April 23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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