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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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SLPS gathered on Sunday, August 21, 2016 to pickle prolific peppers picked perkily. A great full moon activity, which is known as the sturgeon moon in August when sturgeon’s were most easy to catch during the moon. The society garden has been producing many peppers with jalapeno, shishito, anaheim, and serrano being the more abundant. Thai, tabasco, habanero, and ghost peppers have yet to yield.

A whole bucket was picked, with onions, garlic, green tomatoes, and tomatillos from the garden being added to the mixture, which contained the jalapeno, shishito, anaheim, and serranos. Honey and water were used to dilute the mixture and give it a slightly sweeter taste. 22 pints were produced, close to 3 gallons of pickled peppers!

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August Full Sturgeon Moon Ritual, Ashton Longhurst, Sunday, August 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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August Full Sturgeon Moon Ritual, bucket of peppers, Sunday, August 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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August Full Sturgeon Moon Ritual, April Love processing peppers, Sunday, August 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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August Full Sturgeon Moon Ritual, canning set up with mixture, Sunday, August 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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August Full Sturgeon Moon Ritual, Ashton Longhurst (l) and April Love filling jars, Sunday, August 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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August Full Sturgeon Moon Ritual, jars ready to be canned, Sunday, August 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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August Full Sturgeon Moon Ritual, processing jars, Sunday, August 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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August Full Sturgeon Moon Ritual, finished jars, Sunday, August 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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August Full Sturgeon Moon Ritual, completed mixture, Sunday, August 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

 

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SLPS met under cool sky, warm earth, and to the sounds of crickets in the late July evening to celebrate Lughnasadh, the first harvest, and honor the Celtic God Lugh on Saturday, July 30, 2016. The altar was set, adorned with seasonal items, cock candles, corn, nude Lugh painting, and flowers. The fruits of the first harvest, the Society garden, were presented before the Gods. The harvest included: baquieu and romaine lettuce; onions; shallots;  shishito, serrano, and anaheim peppers; okra, yellow squash; parsley, oregano, and dill herbs. Four types of jam from the fruit trees that have produced from the garden: apricot mango, apricot oregon grape, apricot plum, and plum (plums from the red plum trees on the curb). The Society is greatly blessed to have such harvests from the Good Earth Mother, Gaia. All the hard work of the garden has paid off!

Homemade cornmeal buttercream cupcakes were made by member Stesah Bowden. Wyld Extra Pale Ale and Moab Brewery Dead Horse Amber were the drinks of choice for John Barleycorn, who is burned as an offering from the wheat/corn to the gods at this time. Without the god Lugh, Lughnasadh is celebrated at Lammas, as a holiday of thanksgiving surrounding the first of three harvests that happen in August, September, and October.

The members meditated to the song “Lammas” on the album Circle of the Seasons by Lisa Thiel. The members went around afterwards in a circle and offered up thanks for all the things the were grateful for in life, lending that energy to the overall gratitude of the harvests.

The feasts including sauteed yellow squash with bacon, onions, and shallots (a traditional Gullah/Charleston, SC recipe by Daniel Cureton who hails from that part of the world), BBQ-ed ribs, and chicken mole enchiladas.

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Lughnasadh 2016, altar, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, harvests of the Society garden l to r: baquieu and romaine lettuce; yellow squash; anaheim, serran, and shishito peppers; okra; shallots; onions; parsley, dill, and oregano herbs. Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, altar with harvests l to r: romaine lettuce, yellow squash, anaheim, serrano, and shishito peppers; okra; tomatoes; shallots; onions; parsley. Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, cornmeal and buttercream muffins, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, fruit jam from fruit tree harvests l to r: apricot mango, apricot oregon grape, plum, and plum apriocot, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, April Love lighting south candle, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, l to r: Ashton Longhurst, Daniel Cureton, and April Love, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, preparing sauteed squash with bacon, onion and shallot (from garden), Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lughnasadh 2016, feast: chicken mole enchiladas with guacamole, ribs with mustard bbq sauce, and sauteed squash, Saturday, July 30, 2016, Salt Lake City, 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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Since 2015’s garden was highly successful, the society will be planting a garden for 2016. This year the space with be expanded to included more room for pumpkins, asparagus, garlic, and other heirloom plants of choice by the society members.

SLPS president Daniel Cureton and vice president Ashton Longhurst worked in the evening on Sunday, March 20, 2016 to clean and clear the old dead plants and evaluate the space. Surprisingly, a number of plants survived the winter! A few of the onions, one parsley, oregano, both cabbage plants, and all of the collard greens!

The old dead leaves were plucked off the cabbage and collards and the space cleaned for what is to come. Because some plants went to seed, the society expects to have a few self starters for dill and tomatillo.

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Society Garden 2016, collard green survived the winter (with dead leaves removed), Sunday March 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, onions survived the winter, Sunday March 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, parsely survived the winter, Sunday March 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, cabbage survived the winter, Sunday March 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Society Garden 2016, view of the garden looking south west- Oquirrh mountains in back and Ashton Longhurst (right), Sunday March 20, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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