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Soil and Spirit: Planting fall bulbs upside down and still growing right side up

I have been thinking a lot about death. How could I not with Covid-19 fatalities reported every day. On a personal level, I have lost my father-in-law as well as a friend over the past 6 months. Quietly and privately, we returned their bodily remains to the earth. Despite the complexity of grief during a pandemic, I still feel hopeful as a gardener. During a time of year when the grass is less vibrant and the colors are muted, I continue to see new life. The ritual of planting spring bulbs reminds me that plants have a remarkable ability to grow towards the light. My newly repotted plants that have been brought indoors for the colder months now stretch towards the window to get sunshine. If I mistakenly place one of my tulip bulbs upside down, it will still grow. This orientation towards the light is called phototropism.  Bulbs can even move through the soil.  Several bulbs, like crocus and tulips, have contractile roots which pull a bulb slowly to the most favorable depth in the soil.

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By Jean Golicz, Master Gardener and Board of Trustee Member  | 

The Gift of the Mask

The mask is not what we want, it’s uncomfortable, hot, inhibits seeing the face of another, etc. Yet after directing a retreat with retreatant and directee wearing masks and socially distancing, I had an Aha! moment. 

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By Sue Wieczynski, RSM, Retreat and Spiritual Director  | 

Soil and Spirit

Integrated Pest Management: Garden survival during a pandemic or pandemic survival from gardening?

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By Jean Golicz, Master Gardener and Board of Trustee member  |