By Bhakta Matheiu
OM SRI SURABHYAI NAMAH! OM SRI GURAVE NAMAH!
Devotees from the Montreal and Ottawa area came to Radhe’s Garden at Saint Ferreol-les-neiges near the City of Quebec to help plant a fruit tree orchard in keeping with the permaculture concepts and designs. The work involved digging two feet deep holes in the ground and filling them initially with dry cut logs that are then covered consecutively with layers of dry hay, dry cow dung, green grass and top soil before the tree is transplanted. This will insure maximum soil energy intake for the freshly replanted saplings in their new environment. The tree orchard, in its initial stage, consists of two fruit trees from each variety such as apples, pears, prunes, sea buckthorn, serviceberry, and cherries.
In the garden close to the residential house devotees have also planted small berry bushes such as sweet berry, honeysuckle, elderberry edge and hazel. Many of the aromatic herbs planted earlier this year have recently been harvested and are being dried for winter storage. These include oregano, balm, mint, lavender, thyme, sage, dill, parsley, lovage and others.
Other berries that are grown there include blue berries, blackcurrant and gooseberries that are being harvested and will be frozen and kept for the winter and early spring. Saffron, raisins, and a variety of local flowers for making garlands for Their Lordships Sri Sri Gaura Nitai are also being planted.
In the greenhouse, devotees are also growing black pepper, cucumbers, tomatoes and eggplants. Greenhouses are a must in cold climates like Canada. Also growing are basil and kale. Devotees use dry ashes from the wooden stove to sprinkle over the soil as natural fertilizer. The first apples of the season have arrived. Eglantine or wild roses are also being grown.
Priya Radhe d.d. has been gardening in this area of Quebec since many years. August is the time of the season where she is busy canning tomato to preserve for the long Canadian winters. Amidst her busy schedule, she also finds time to serve Srimati Tulasi devi by giving her special care and attention.
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