Download Brochure: Motherhouse Gardens 2015-2016
As our Community Garden prepares for a long sleep ….
we ponder her many gifts of summer/fall
… we received over 200 pounds of produce
( the 5 other gardeners were also pleased with their gardens)
WISDOM from GARDEN
In our spring enthusiasm we over planted our beds!
There was little room for the cucumber and zucchini vines to stretch out,
and little room for the new strawberries shoots to venture out.
Chipmunks and squirrels were not pleased with the new fenced box,
not one berry did they get!
We hesitated to thin out our carrots.
We hesitated to bring to table our onions.
Rhubarb and herbs grew well but I didn’t know how to harvest
and use in our kitchen!
Working with our mature shade trees - we now know that it would be better
to plant the succulents where the shade is!
The potatoes did well - 20 pounds from 4 hills, next year we will plant a few more hills. The vast array of tomato varieties delighted us all summer and into the fall.
The Gathering Place had an excellent growth - so they did not need our produce.
Sr. Deenie shared some of her carrots and tomatoes with the Food Bank.
We shared about 20 pounds of produce with our tenants.
Hugs to the Sisters and Staff who work daily at recycling! Cashing in our tins and bottles provided money for the 70 jars of Crab Apple Jelly and Grape Jelly for the Gathering Place Breakfast Program. The chokecherries will be made up later.
Asparagus, Raspberries, Carolina Pineberries and Rhubarb are wintering,
with the hope of bearing fruit next year.
The black Hungarian peppers, alma paprika peppers, zucchini, watermelon and various squashes need to be planted earlier as they need over 90 days for growth.
Recycling cigarette butts …30 pounds were picked up by Canadore College, this gives them monies for bursaries and charities.
POEM FOR OUR GARDEN
the movement of the wind and water
the colors of the earth
our connection to each other.