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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!

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

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

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

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

Society Garden 2016, Serrano chilies, Saturday, July 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

Society Garden Planting 2016, l to r- Shy Fox, Camille Harris, and Stesha Bowden, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, l to r- Woman Between The Wolves, Camille Harris, and Stesha Bowden, Saturday, May 21, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden Planting 2016, Shy Fox, Sunday, May 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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

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

Society Garden Planting 2016, Piggy (l) and Shy Fox, Sunday, May 22, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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

Society Garden Planting 2016, Shy Fox (l) and Piggy, Monday, May 23, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Society Garden Planting 2016, view of patch by fence looking south west, Tuesday, May 24, 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 Muad’Dib and Vice President Shy Fox 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Many thanks are given, hail the Good Earth Mother Gaia, Orisha Oko, St. Francis, and all other spirits and deities who gave SLPS the bountiful harvests it has enjoyed. The crops have come in for the 2nd harvest season of Mabon. There is still more on the vines! Mostly left are the tomatoes, tomatillos, green beans, a few peppers and a cabbage head along with the melon or two still in the patch. The corn is picked. So more harvest yet that will take us in to the final season of Samhain, the last great harvest of the year.

As for now, the Society garden has been remarkable bountiful, thanks to not just the blessings of the gods but those who worked to put it in, maintain it, and the land spirits who watched over it at night. We give thanks!

Here are the pics from Lughnasadh to Mabon 2015

Society Garden 2015, collard greens, Saturday, August 22, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, Woman Between the Wolves in watermelon patch, Sunday, August 9, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, Corn stalks are taller than Muad’Dib, Wednesday, August 19, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, Muad’Dib With watermelon, Wednesday, August 19, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, first harvest offerings, Sunday, August 9, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, second harvest, Wednesday, August 19, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, big harvest, Sunday, September 4, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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The society garden has grown remarkable well! The land has been bountiful and fertile. August is expected to bring bountiful harvests, just in time for Lughnasadh, the firs great harvest time of the year.

July has provided much sun and heat for considerable growth. Here is an update as to the state of the garden. Many fruits and vegetables are near ripping and will be ready for pickin in the dogs days of August. Gaia has blessed us this year to grow organically from our own hands and to promote the real Earth working. Getting back to our ancestors of agriculture, the simple joys of growing and feeling the soil in your hands as you care for these creatures. This is the real meaning of Paganism. These shots are from July 2015.

Society Garden 2015, l to r- corn, peppers, and tomatoes, Friday, July 10, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, watermelon, Friday, July 10, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, main garden area, l to r-corn, cucumbers, dill, cabbage, cantaloupe, butternut squash, collard greens, green onion, St. Francis and grape vine, Friday, July 10, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r-corn, tomato, tomatillo, cucumber, Friday, July 10, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r-corn, tomato, tomatillo, cucumber, Friday, July 10, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r-tomatoes, peppers, corn, Friday, July 10, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, collard greens, Friday, July 10, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r- cucumber, dill, butternut squash, cantaloupe, cabbage, Friday, July 10, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r-tomatillo, corn, yellow squash, cucumber, dill, butternut squash, Friday, July 10, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, yellow watermelon, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r- corn, cucumber, cantaloupe, butternut squash, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, watermelon patch, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r- tomatillo, corn, yellow squash, cucumber, dill, cabbage, cantaloupe, butternut squash, collard greens, St. Francis, green onion, grape, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r-cantaloupe, green onion, St. Francis, Grape, collard greens, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r-corn, cucumber, dill, cantaloupe, butternut squash, cabbage, collard greens, green onion, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r- tomato, blue berry bush, tomatillo, corn, yellow squash, cucumber, dill, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r-corn, beans, peppers, tomato,Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, peppers (l) and tomatoes, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, corn, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r-peppers, corn, peppers, tomatoes, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, beans around corn stalk, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, bell pepper, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r-herbs- oregano, cilantro, parsley, Thursday, July 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Garden has taken off! With over 15 types and variety of fruits and vegetables, SLPS is expecting a great harvest in a few months! This is how everything grew over the month of June 2015.

Society Garden 2015, Society dog Frejya walking in the garden l to r: dill, cabbage, butternut squash, cantaloupe, Frejya, collard greens, St. Francis, Saturday, June 20, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, main garden area with St. Francis l to r: tomato, tomatillo, corn, yellow squash, cucumber, cabbage, dill, cantaloupe, butternut squash, collard green, green onion, grape vine, Saturday, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r- tomatillo, tomato, pepper, and corn plants, Saturday, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, St. Francis and collard greens, Saturday, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r- corn, yellow squash, cucumber, butternut square, cantaloupe, dill and cabbage, Saturday, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, l to r- herbs-parsley, cilantro, and oregano, Saturday, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

Society Garden 2015, watermelon patch, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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Blessed Be the Good Earth Mother and all her fertile soil. The new society garden has been planted and blessed this past week of May 24-31, 2015. Muad’Dib, Shy Fox, Woman Between the Wolves, and the house dog Freyja worked hard over the last week to weed, turn the soil for roots, add manure, plant the crop and water the garden. “It was back breaking work. Most of it was the weeding with hoes and turning the soil with the cultivating forks, that took the whole week.” Said Shy Fox. Gwen Allen made an appearance, “my African blood was pumping strong. We were out there working like slaves! Real strong, I was feelin’ akin to the brothas and sistas from home in the Deep South workin’ the plantations!”

The planting on Sunday morning went quickly and easily after the hard work was done. It was done over night and in the early morning hours so that the society members wouldn’t be bothered by the bees. All included are: bell, Anaheim, Tabasco and jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, tomatillo, corn, oregano, cilantro, parsley, butternut squash, yellow squash, cucumbers, Georgia collard greens, cantaloupe, watermelon, a blue berry bush and a grape vine. President Muad’Dib gave a druid blessings on the land “May the fire of life Nwyfre come up at this point and give life and fertility to everything present.”

New Society Garden, Wasatch Mountains overlooking garden area, Sunday, May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox with cultivating fork, Sunday, May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Garden Area, Sunday, May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox weeding, Sunday, May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, first dig into ground, Sunday, May 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, toadstools along the fence, Sunday, May 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, toadstools for the fae, Sunday, May 24, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Muad’Dib, Monday, May 25, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, weeded garden area, Monday, May 25, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Plants from Home Depot, Tuesday, May 26 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox (l) and Gwen Allen, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox (l) and Gwen Allen on break, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, l to r-Shy Fox, Gwen Allen, Woman Between the Wolves, Freyja, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Blue berry bush, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Grape vine, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, weeded pepper area with blue berry bush, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Freyja (l) and Shy Fox turning soil for roots, Thursday, May 28, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox putting in manure, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox putting in pepper plants, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, jumping spider visiting and blessing garden area, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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New Society Garden, corn, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, planted tomatillo (front), tomatoes left going towards back), oregano (middle left), jalapeno, Anaheim, Tabasco, and bell peppers (back), corn (right coming towards front) and blue berry bush, Sunday (morning) May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, cilantro (bottom left), corn, cucumber, yellow squash and onions, (left and middle left), butternut squash and cantaloupe (upper middle), dill (middle), green onions and grape (middle right), Georgia collard greens (right and middle and lower right), Sunday (morning) May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Muad’Dib kneeling with dill plant, Corn in back, butternut squash and cantaloupe right, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Muad’Dib standing proud in new garden, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox watering garden, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox with garden behind apricot tree, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox behind beehives in watermelon area, Sunday (morning) May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Shy Fox planting watermelon plants, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

New Society Garden, Watermelon plants, Sunday (morning), May 31, 2015, Salt Lake City, UT

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A few SLPS members gathered by the light of the Sturgeon full moon to plant herbs on Sunday, August 11, 2014. Dill, Thyme and Sorrel, were all sewed to the light of the moon, with chants of the Goddess and magic being woven. The pots were magically empowered with symbols and shapes. We will wait and see what the late summer and fall brings of this planting. Big or little harvest? Only the Goddess will tell.

Full moon herb planting, Piggy (l) and Shy Fox examining seed packets, Sunday, August 11, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Full moon herb planting, Piggy (l) and Shy Fox examining seeds, Sunday, August 11, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Full moon herb planting, herb pots, Sunday, August 11, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Full moon herb planting, herb pots with symbols (Triple Goddess, Pentagram and Horned God), Sunday, August 11, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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