Spring Has Sprung…?
Despite having awoken to two inches of snow up here in Northern Connecticut, spring has arrived. Happy Easter to all! He is Risen! Easter is the surest sign of spring and in God’s Providence, it is no accident that Easter, otherwise known as Pascha, occurs in this time of rebirth and resurrection of life. Subliminally, we are all aware of this as we can all relate to the traditional Easter representations of the eggs, bunnies, chicks, ducklings, piglets, etc. It is a visceral imagery that signifies a deeper spiritual reality, that of the redemption of mankind through the Precious Blood of the Lamb, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
So it is here, at Hunny-Bunny Farm, as the season of rebirth and resurrection gets underway in earnest. The hens are laying more regularly with the increasing daylight; the honeybees are producing brood and gathering nectar and pollen; and I’ve bred the rabbits in anticipation of increasing the herd with new blood in the form of newly kindled kits. The grass has begun to green up and the weeds and wildflowers are springing from the earth.
In the gardens, I’ve re-formed my wide rows in anticipation of spring planting and I’ve put in the peas nearly a month behind schedule because of the lingering snows of winter. The French sorrel in the herb garden is showing forth and portends some delicious French sorrel soup in the offing.
This week I was also pleased to get my long dormant lawn mower started on just three pulls of the cord. Now I will be able to give it a quick tune-up just in time for the new grass reaching for the sun. It was indeed strange to give it a hurried push around the yard where still remaining piles of snow sit. I was also able this week to complete my dormant season spraying of fungicide on my fruits trees. Though I try to go as organic as possible, I had some commercial early season fungicide remaining from past years; rather than simply dump them in the landfill or down the drain I used up the little left for the purpose intended. As the season now progresses I will go back to my more natural sprays of Bordeaux solution to keep a check on fruits.
In the upcoming week, I will spread the compost over the vegetable garden and apply the soil nutrients needed to achieve a successful harvest this year. Since my winter pruning was generally completed before the relentless snows of late January and February, I will complete it by thinning the raspberries and removing all old cane. This will also be the week to uncover and weed my strawberries which grow beneath my grape vines. Within this week I should have all well in hand for the spring season.
In reference to gardening I came across this interesting article concerning some Eastern European small holdings and how it accounts for much of the fruit, vegetable, and meat production of the respective nations. This is most especially true in Russia, where in recent years such small scale production accounts for 51% of the nation’s total production. It seems that back in 2003 the Russians enacted the Private Garden Plot Act, which provides for a small parcel of land to all who wish it, tax free and inheritable I might add, to be strictly used for family food production. Oddly, as the West moves more toward collectivization of agriculture in the form of Big Agra, Eastern Europe is moving toward small-scale enterprises. Could this collectivization be part of the errors of Russia that Our Lady warned against at Fatima? This Private Garden Plot Act is an ideal law which should be used as a prototype in other countries. In the West however, such an encouragement to small scale independent family food production would fail because most families are caught up in materialism and prestige. Rather than getting their hands dirty and breaking a sweat by growing their own truly healthful and organic foods, they simply continue to wallow in their complaining and railing against the Monsanto’s and GMO’s of the world. Additionally, the Western governments would not enact such legislation as it promotes independent living in our increasingly regulated social and cultural structures. However, truly this legislation is something positive and proactive and needs to be encouraged.
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BTW, I ignored the obviously pagan, obviously earth-worshiping, references that seem to place the incentive of this family small scale movement to a series of books entitled, The Ringing Cedar Series.
Meantime, pray the Rosary for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and bear in mind: He is Risen! He is truly Risen!
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.