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Never to late to learn something new: Life Long Learning’s Cayleen Mathew spent her Wellness Days Gardening

Never to late to learn something new: Life Long Learning’s Cayleen Mathew spent her Wellness Days Gardening

Treaty 2 Territory – My wellness days, September 6-9, allowed me to get outside and away from the computer. I was able to tend to my small garden that was planted earlier this year. This year was my first time having a garden of any type. I have tried to have house plants, and with

Treaty 2 Territory – My wellness days, September 6-9, allowed me to get outside and away from the computer. I was able to tend to my small garden that was planted earlier this year. This year was my first time having a garden of any type. I have tried to have house plants, and with 2 cats it tends to be difficult to keep them alive, between either my cats eating them or knocking them over and me forgetting to water them. This year my husband and I decided to give a garden a chance since we had two flower beds out front that had nothing in them other than 2 lily plants. These plants require very little attention, which is why they had survived me not actively caring for them. This year, I had asked my mother how to properly care for things like beans, peas, and potatoes from the beginning. I took the chance to learn something new and try to form new habits. I am a firm believer that it is never too late to learn something new. The Life Long Learning Circle and Earth Lodge both have the view that not only does education begin at birth, but it continues throughout life. This year, I can say I have been successful at growing beans and peas, I have not checked my potatoes yet as I’ve been told they can take a while after flowering.

This week I was able to get out every few days and pick both beans and peas. Once I had picked my beans, in order to keep them, I blanched and froze them. This was also my first time doing this. When looking into the benefits of blanching my beans, I learned that it will preserve the freshness, keep the color, texture, and flavour of the beans. The process I used was boiling some beans for 3 minutes, then transferring to ice cold water, and finally putting them in freezer bags. Once I finished blanching them all, I put mine in the fridge to cool even further before putting them in the freezer to make it easier on my freezer.

 

 

 

Learning to take the extra time to water my plants every few days, depending on the weather, was a bit of an adjustment. Once I made this adjustment, I could see the growth in my plants which gave a boost in my motivation to continue. Now I can have home grown beans with my dinner and peas for snacks. Being able to enjoy those vegetables, makes all the extra time caring for them worth it. I will certainly be trying again next year, and maybe trying things like carrots and strawberries.

Submitted By: Cayleen Mathews, Helper – Life Long Learning Lodge

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