"The greater the work the more
important it is to establish it on
a solid foundation. Thus it will
not only be more perfect; it
will also be more lasting.”

St. Louise de Marillac

Sharing the Bounty

By S. Georgia Kitt

“If you’ve never experienced the joy of accomplishing more than you can imagine, plant a garden.” Robert Breault 

The above quote seems to hold true for those gardening at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse this year. SC Grounds employee Lester Addis credits his mother with sparking his interest in gardening when he was approximately 8 years old.

“After school she would have us kids help her turn over the dirt and start planting potatoes, tomatoes, green onions, cabbage, lettuce, cucumbers and beans,” he recalls. “We would weed the garden and water as well. She would always give neighbors fresh vegetables. She made home canned sauerkraut, green beans, pickled green tomatoes, and cucumbers which we enjoyed all through the winter.”

Les enjoys helping the Sisters with the campus garden, watering when needed, usually every other day. He is happy to see the repeat this summer of watermelon growing in the Mother Margaret Hall parking lot. “They surprised us last summer,” he says. “No one knows who planted those first seeds; now we find them returning again. The Sisters will be able to enjoy another watermelon tasting party out on the Mother Margaret Hall patio.”

And he’s looking to the fall for another gift from the Earth. “I dried out pumpkin seeds from last Halloween over the winter in the barn on the Motherhouse campus and planted them this spring, not knowing if they would sprout or not. I was surprised to see how well they were growing in a small plot beside the barn that was nothing but weeds before I cleaned it up and planted the pumpkin seeds. Now I am seeing a few pumpkins on the vine that hopefully the Sisters can carve or paint as Halloween approaches.”

Les now takes pleasure in seeing the seeds he has planted this year become a food source. He most likes to grow tomatoes, cucumbers and corn. “Fresh garden tomatoes are great on a sandwich or with a block of cheese and hot sauce!” He is planning to share his bounty with Sisters, co-workers and the Motherhouse kitchen. 

The appearance of Mexican sunflowers are all around campus, another gift from Les’ ‘hands in the dirt.’


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