An­nual gar­den har­vest upon us

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY GARY SHAW

It seems as though it was such a short time ago peo­ple were fi­nally cel­e­brat­ing the ar­rival of a very late spring. There was fi­nally the right con­di­tions and weather that would al­low for flip­ping some dirt over in gar­dens and get seeds planted.

Well, at the speed of light, the grow­ing sea­son is com­ing to an end and so be­gins the ef­forts of har­vest­ing crops, en­joy­ing the ef­forts of the toil.

Spring was def­i­nitely late in com­ing but the sum­mer that fi­nally ar­rived gave Labrador West a pretty good grow­ing sea­son, al­beit shorter than nor­mal. De­cent tem­per­a­tures and timely rains gave plants a good boost and have al­ready shown some good early re­sults in the har­vest.

Those who par­tic­i­pate in the an­nual tra­di­tion of ‘set­ting the gar­den’ are in it, good or bad. They will har­vest a bumper crop or a have it be a dis­mal show­ing, no mat­ter, they are do­ing it.

There are gar­dens in back­yards, at cab­ins and of course the gardening and so­cial cen­tre of Labrador West, the Com­mu­nity Gar­den.

Ev­ery­one who is en­gaged in this an­nual gardening sea­son does it for dif­fer­ent rea­sons. For some the end har­vest is the rea­son, and for oth­ers it’s the ex­cuse to get out­side in the air, get some ex­er­cise and en­gage in the many so­cial as­pects that are of­ten part of the whole picture.

With­out any doubt, many gar­den­ers en­joy the process and sat­is­fac­tion of grow­ing their own good­ies. When they put the bounty of their suc­cess­ful grow­ing sea­son on their ta­bles at home, sup­per seems to taste just a bit bet­ter. Whether this is true or not doesn’t mat­ter, even if just think­ing it, make’s it worth­while.

In Labrador West there are folks who go to all the work and con­stant ef­forts at­tached to grow­ing a good gar­den, to give most of it away. An ef­fort in gen­eros­ity to fam­ily mem­bers, friends, neigh­bours and even folks they don’t even know that well, a tes­ta­ment to the char­ac­ter and sense of com­mu­nity.

The Com­mu­nity Gar­den rep­re­sents the ef­forts of the folks who have tended their plots with huge doses of at­ten­tion and care. The fruits of their labour and the timely weather con­di­tions have sure given some great crops.

The potato beds are full and if there is any­where near as much growth un­der the ground as there is on top of the ground, the potato bins will be full. all

The cab­bage and turnips in most of the plots are not only show­ing few empty places, but also are re­ally big. The car­rots are thick and the beets are show­ing big tops, which usu­ally in­di­cate lots of good beets.

As our many gar­den­ers head into fall and are en­gaged in the har­vest of yet an­other sea­son, it will be met with pride and sat­is­fac­tion in the sea­son that was. It will be a sea­son that can be mea­sured with sat­is­fac­tion, pride in a job well done, and the mem­ory of the many so­cial en­gage­ments held while lean­ing on the hoe and hav­ing a yarn with their neigh­bour.

The big bonus will be a Jiggs Din­ner filled with the many veg­gies nec­es­sary to make it just right, just a bit bet­ter than the stuff from the store, how good is that.


Some of this year’s good­ies at the Com­mu­nity Gar­den.


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