The 3rd Harvest Festival. Looking Back.

Our autumn has finally arrived! It’s October 30th and we are finally, full-on, having fall weather. Thank goodness.
In the final analysis our barrels seem to be a workable solution to our gardening problems. We have been getting a few late tomatoes, some peppers, the chard is fabulous and the marigolds give everything a cheery look. It appears that anything resembling a squash will have to be grown under a tent of netting to keep the squash bugs at bay. I spent more hours than I am comfortable with picking those damned things over the summer and still only got about 5 squash because there were days that I had to leave home to run errands rather than check 2 or 3x and kill whatever had crawled up or hatched while I wasn’t looking. Small scale gardening is all I can foresee doing in the half barrels, but they have kept our garden from rooting in the poisoned soil of Gates County and so we had some success.
Maybe that’s what I’m doing with my children, too, keeping them from setting root here by homeschooling and not participating in any of the rest of local society. Which, for what it’s worth, is defined by what church you attend and what sports your kid plays. External values. Nothing about whether or not you secretly beat your kids or your spouse or molest the neighbor’s children when you babysit them or shoot the neighbor’s pets because it makes you happy to kill something and to hurt someone. If the molester or cat shooter go to your church, they’re in. If a decent person just keeps quiet and grows a garden and drinks wine and plays a banjo on the front porch of an evening, well hell…what church does he go to again?
The soil is poison and so is the mindset of these people. I’m convinced of it. I don’t want my garden or my kids sucking it up into their veins.


About Bettina Colonna Essert

Illuminated Magdalene High Priestess and facilitator of empowerment and healing circles for girls and women, including a monthly Red Tent Temple. BA in English, minor in anthropology. Waldorf homeschool mom. Reiki master, cranial sacral therapist, herbalist, menstruvist, feminist, epicurian.
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