The PLOT garden provides opportunities to engage and appreciate the four elements of Water/Earth/Air/Fire. These elements are essential for growing food and creating art. The vegetables, herbs and flowers that provide inspiration and food for thought are captured in beautiful cyanotypes.
Walking a Labyrinth is an ancient custom for Prayer, Meditation and Clarity.
It is a sacred healing space designed to return you to your centre, to your deepest heart, then back out into the world.
The building of this Heart is the story of one woman’s healing path and recovery from trauma. It is about life affirming acts of reclamation and regeneration. It shows how the restorative work of the individual can become that which unifies and heals not only the Newton community but also all community.
Amazing day at the PLOT today! Sunbow appeared in the sky as we laid out the the lines for the soon to be “Heart of Newton Labyrinth”. Newcomer Dory sheared all our sod benches with loving zen care, Sherree Lee sharpened and cleaned tools, Giselle and Zena prepared branches for painting for medicine wheel pots, scarlet runners were planted, much of the soil was moved, and a beautiful bouquet of PLOT radishes was presented! AND FIRST Salad from our own garden greens For PLOT Pot Luck!!! Oh, and the sun was shining!!!
Come join us tomorrow, Sunday May 21st!
Plant seeds! Weed a bed! Wheel some soil! Enjoy a potluck with friends of the PLOT!
Work party 10 am- 3pm, potluck mid-day. See you there!
GARDEN TO DO LIST: ( PLEASE FEEL FREE ADD IDEAS TO LIST )
– Finish bed extensions in the squash field.
– Finish moving top soil, wheelbarrowing to new beds and extensions.
– Edge perimeter flowerbeds around the Medicine Wheel Flower beds. ( dig out turf and define edges of these newly expanded flower beds)
– Sheer back grass on sod benches
– Weed out grasses and certain invasive weeds from garden beds (buttercup, hairy chickweed, dock etc. We will have sample weeds available as a guide for those wishing to weed) PLEASE NOTE; Some weeds such as mullein, dandelions and plantain are being left in the garden in some areas for pollinator/medicinal teaching. Opportunity to learn more about this on Sunday for those new to the concept)
– planting scarlet runner beans, radish, early corn, carrots, lettuce and other seeds.
– checking potato wire worm traps and preparing more
– check water trays for bees
FOR THE ARTISTS AND ARTISTS AT HEART
– Painting lath pieces to make them ready to use as plant markers in the garden.
– Weaving and placing Branches to create backing for one of the newer sod benches. ( branches on site)
– Tidy around larger stones that anchor the directions in the medicine wheel. (Using the south stone as an example of what needs doing)
– Clean out a few of the medicine wheel planters that contain the grasses. Divide and replant as needed and transplant others to other areas of garden.
Next week we will begin a couple of NEW SCHEDULED TIME SLOTS for those who cannot make Sundays:
For those asking for evening times:
Teresa will be at the Plot Monday May 22 from 6 to 8pm
For those needing morning ;
Wednesday May 24 from 7:30 am to noon.
Please note: Come out anytime! This is OUR garden and it belongs to the community! Each unique contribution is what makes it thrive!
Had the great pleasure of sharing another day in garden community with the Surrey Youth Stewardship Squad. This current group of a dozen nurtured the garden sharing their great spirit. One of the squad even treated us with some beautiful baked apple tarts!