Sunday, September 23, 2012
Taking the root's path down into the earth, we modeled carrots as they pushed down and swelled out. We tried to include the little sideways rootlets that grow 15 feet out to the sides of the main root! Their first leaves, the cotyledons give way to true leaves and we spent a lot of time in the leaf world. Here the plant takes in light from the sun and with moisture from the earth and minerals carried up through the roots, makes food for itself, the animals and humankind. We could not live without this miraculous ability of plants. And astronauts in space have trouble gardening because the poor roots don't know where down is!
We all brought in roots and made root soup. With the abundance of aromatic herbs blooming in our gardens, we also added those and one rhizome - ginger (really a swollen root) and some mineral - salt. The day we spent cutting up roots and shoots and eating our soup was our first cold fall-like day. It felt very right, cozy and warm to fill ourselves with the summer heat's produce. As the plant lives between earth and sun, so we too participate as part of the whole.
6 beeswax carrots