November – During Autumn Equinox

November 10, 2020
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Autumn Equinox is a transitional time when the days start to grow shorter, and you wake up in the morning to darkness.  The geese have flown south for the winter, and the snowbirds are getting ready to do likewise.

Everything appears to slow down in the frosty air.  We wear wool sweaters for warmth and hunker down in our homes, like some of nature’s creatures burrowing in their den.

Prepare the Soil During the Autumn Equinox

You’ll see that some of the insects will be trying to enter your home, the spiders, moths, and chirping crickets, as they seek shelter from the cool evenings.  Not all insects, though, as some go into a dormant stage that entomologists call “diapause.”

If you live in a northern climate, chances are that you’ll winterize your garden. You’ll need to cover some of the delicate perennials shielding them from the ice and frosty quiver of the north wind.

You’ll want to prepare the soil for the next growing season in the Autumn Equinox. You can do this by adding some organic nutrients and covering it with mulch to protect the top layer. 

The cold sometimes generates a freeze and thaw in late autumn, which can damage soils. Topping off with mulch in the pre-winter season conserves soil, eliminates competition for landscape plants, maintains soil moisture and reduces runoff while providing garden aesthetics

Winterizing helps your plants secure a good ground bed so that they may dispatch their nutrients to their root structure in preparation for the season.  As an adaptive practice, plants exude minerals and sugars into their roots to help tolerate the cold winter. This intelligent process helps both plants and the soil system throughout the winter. 

You can also add Humic and Fulvic Acids to the soil one more time before the soil freezes. Switch to Humic Land Trials

It’s never too late to supplement soil, even if you didn’t do this sooner.  If you scrutinize your plants, exposed roots may be gently pushed back into the ground and then covered securely with mulch on top. Consider it like a cozy blanket to take the chill off your plants.

Soil is a unique organism  

The warmth of summer has heated the ground to create a marvellous microhabitat.  Animals such as vertebrates like bears and offers lounge in hibernation, but some of nature’s little creatures produce an anti-freeze protein in their body fluids, which bind with ice crystals to protect them from the elements, and thus beneath the soil you see a team of life.

Organisms such as bacteria, fungi, amoebae, nematodes, and earthworms are hard at work to assure our living soil’s integrity.  The frost and snow will visibly blanket the earth. The underground village with beneficial micro-inhabitants will ensure soil biodiversity for plants, animals, and us while guaranteeing soil for next spring’s planting.

November is all about family

November herald’s milestone traditions.  We first bow our heads in solemn silence, on the 11th day, at the 11th hour on the 11th month in remembrance, honouring our heroes, who fought for freedom and democracy.   Armistice Day’s symbolic moment of silence signifies respect for their unselfish acts of bravery, which secured our freedom and liberty.

On the 4th Thursday of the month, we celebrate by lavishly decorating the hearth with fashionable autumn flowers. Families prepare for the feast with a cornucopia of lush fruits and vegetables, yet again modestly bowing our head in gratitude for natures bounty to us on Thanksgiving Day.

November is all about family, community, helpfulness, and the human spirit’s capacity to survive the elements and forge forward as a nation. These are indeed meaningful historic highpoints in our culture.

Now consider what made sustenance possible on the first pilgrims’ dinner table or fortified that soldier for the fight?

Gratitude needs to be conveyed to the micro-elements dwelling in our rich dark soil because if not for them, we could not have these community milestones.

We have much to be grateful for. Our civilization has braced arms together and faced much in terms of adversity as the first settlers.  We pay homage to their spirit.

The organic soil merits equal respect for our many blessings made possible from the diverse micro-army beneath our soil. It has continually supported humanity throughout history, in all our endeavours and accomplishments.

For billions of years, our soil has been the cradle of humanity.  The good earth has nourished us, been fruitful, sheltered us, cultivated our innate immunity with her goodness, provisioning safety against harmful invaders. 

When we say grace, this Remembrance Day and Thanksgiving Day consider our soils, which seamlessly and continually promotes and nurtures humanity’s livelihood.

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