Over the summer months, our team was encouraged and inspired to work on our green thumbs and personal efforts to go even greener as we all do our parts for ourselves, our community, and our environment. For many of us, it was fun but some of our efforts didn’t work out as planned. Strange and invasive species of weeds popped up, squirrels and chipmunks highjacked some of our seeds and it was a tough season. For another group, we had limited success but could have done more to make it even better. And for others, those wonderful efforts bore some great all-natural and healthy fruits and vegetables for their tables.
We didn’t expect this personal challenge to be brought up in the future and we were a little surprised when we were asked to reflect on our entire garden season! Not your typical meeting agenda, but the reflection and sharing proved to be quite beneficial to us all. Almost like when being picked in class to answer a question you weren’t sure was coming and not knowing the answer immediately. The only relief was we had fun, felt safe, and told the truth because the real question posed to us was, ‘what did we do?’.
The first official day of fall has now come to us and in eastern Ontario at least this season, for some of our team and our farmers, we are now looking ahead to tend to those last crops of the season before the winter begins to set in soon enough.
It’s also a time to think about what you want to see in your garden next year and some of us will begin to plant things for next spring and summer while pumpkins and corn are almost ready to be harvested for all of the Thanksgiving tables being prepared in mid-October. A team member Tip *Tulip Bulbs are best planted in late October and November.
One of the blessings of this wonderful time of year is the wonderful changes of colors that occur as the winds become intense and leaves begin to fall. Those the last big adventures out to for a week-end country drive, a last-ditch fishing outing on the lake, and or maybe the closing up of a family cottage will be things that we hope we can do just one more time, that often is missed because of the busyness of life. We know it wasn’t easy just tending to our gardens, but it was possible for many of us to have a great feeling and hope for next year’s outdoor experiments that some of us are already planning for. It’s safe to say, some wonderful seeds have been planted!
We had a blast watching nature do its thing this year and we hope that you also had an opportunity to enjoy the summer whatever your passions were. With the fall and the return to many activities and life that was almost pre-pandemic like for the first time in years, we are hopeful and grateful for each day we had this past summer.
We asked the Beyond Badr dev team what tips they learned or have from their green garden experience challenge this year and this is what was shared.
“Do not over water, use the right kind of soil, sheep manure is best for growing corn and vegetables, plant your crops according to the lighting they will receive outdoors, do not keep bird feeders near your vegetables or else they will attract other animals that will damage your garden, plant some marigold or citronella to keep mosquitoes away, Till your soil before you plant, talk to your plants they understand good words, plant herbs and harvest them often, begin to dry your fresh excess herbs them to use over this winter, we make our own tomato sauces that we can and preserve for winter, stock up on your mason jars from the hardware when they are on sale, I planted flowers and I will transplant them indoors for winter, cover your garden with burlap and wrap your trees to protect them when winter begins, if you have space build a natural composter, when I dug holes I found plenty of worms for fishing, throw your older or beginning to decay potatoes into a tub of soil or into the ground, they will begin to regrow and you’ll have a crop in about 4-6 months, Do not water plants at midday, early morning and/or evening is best. I am planning what I want to see and attract next season, some flowers attract bees and butterflies.”
Did you have fun in your indoor or outdoor garden this year?
It’s a great way to become mindful and get some exercise. Many of us found that the overall experience was quite therapeutic and beneficial from seed to plate! Bon Appetite.
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