Shmita 2016

Celosia

Celosia

Someone told me 2016 was the shmita…

The sabbath year (shmita Hebrew: שמיטה‎‎, literally “release”) also called the sabbatical year or shvi’it (Hebrew: שביעית‎‎, literally “seventh”) is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the Land of Israel,[1] and still observed in contemporary Judaism.

During shmita, the land is left to lie fallow and all agricultural activity, including plowing, planting, pruning and harvesting, is forbidden by halakha (Jewish law). Other cultivation techniques (such as watering, fertilizing, weeding, spraying, trimming and mowing) may be performed as a preventive measure only, not to improve the growth of trees or other plants. Additionally, any fruits which grow of their own accord are deemed hefker (ownerless) and may be picked by anyone. A variety of laws also apply to the sale, consumption and disposal of shmita produce. All debts, except those of foreigners, were to be remitted.[2]

Chapter 25 of the Book of Leviticus promises bountiful harvests to those who observe the shmita, and describes its observance as a test of religious faith. There is little notice of the observance of this year in Biblical history and it appears to have been much neglected. (source)

I say, bring back the shmita! We have (unintentionally) observed it this year and am so glad we allowed Spy Garden to rest.

Dexie in the garden

Dexie in the garden

Are you all enjoying this season? It has been very mild and warm here.

November 15, 2016

November 15, 2016

The leaves have been slow to change

The leaves have been slow to change

Bear sculpture near Spy Garden

Bear sculpture near Spy Garden

The invasive honeysuckles stay green until it gets very cold

The invasive honeysuckles stay green until it gets very cold

Today is November 15 and our basil is still green as can be. When the basil turns black you know the first frost has arrived and winter is coming! Woo! I really love winter. Winter is quite shmita-y; the perfect time for rest and reflection. The first frost is due this weekend.

What I am NOT schmita-ing is school; So. Much. School work. I am currently taking two courses; advanced pathophysiology and advanced pharmacology (studying to get my doctorate in nursing practice) so basically endless reading of bloated anthologies of all the possible things that go wrong in the human body and all the drugs we’ve created to fix these problems whilst creating new problems (#sideeffects).  I prefer the topic of health promotion/prevention and a nonpharmacological focus on wellness; but of course this stuff is good to know.

I wasn’t quite ready for Halloween to end at the beginning of November so took a little more time and refined the carved pumpkins:

Butkus as Bunnicula: Bunny bat dracula!

Butkus as Bunnicula: Bunny bat dracula!

A friend meeting Butkus

A friend meeting Butkus

Little Halloween boy of yore

Little Halloween boy of yore (~2006)

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I see a face

I see a face

Moles everywhere in the yard

Moles everywhere in the yard

Aunt Spy snuggling Butkus

Aunt Spy snuggling Butkus

Super excited to have a friend over!

Super excited to have a friend over!

At a cupcake decorating place

At a cupcake decorating place

At Forest School

At Forest School

Orange Truck

Orange Truck

Prepping for the superbowl

Prepping for the superbowl

Go Lancers!

Go Lancers!

Go Lancers!

Go Lancers!

The Battle for 109

The Battle for 109

Apparently they can be beat but it sure was close!

Apparently they can be beat but it sure was close!

Ughhhh! Too much purple! #Rivals

Ughhhh! Too much purple! #Rivals

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#7

#7

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#7

#7

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Game at Sunset

Game at Sunset

We had two great field goals ...the score was 12-16 until the last four minutes and they scored. So close!

We were ahead until about 4 minutes were left in the game!

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Little Fan

Little Fan

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Jr. Lancers 4/5th Grade 2016

Jr. Lancers 4th/5th Grade 2016

Fresh local pecans (from a coworker's yard)

Fresh local pecans (from a coworker’s yard)

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Squash blossoms in mid-November

Squash blossoms in mid-November

Knockout Rose bush

Knockout Rose bush

Blackberry Bloom

Blackberry Bloom

Checking out the supermoon

Checking out the supermoon

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Microscopic Moon Dust (Source; Dr. Gary Greenberg)

Microscopic Moon Dust (Source; Dr. Gary Greenberg)

And check out these cool microscopic views of grains of sand:

The Microscopic Photography of Dr. Gary Greenberg (source)

The Microscopic Photography of Dr. Gary Greenberg (source)

Happy November everyone! Please share in the comments what you think about the practice of a schmita year…Or the supermoon…Or those amazing microscopic photographs! Your comments are welcome and thanks for visiting Spy Garden!!

5 thoughts on “Shmita 2016

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  2. Eliza Waters

    My guess is that schmita is the precursor to the practice of letting land lay fallow to ‘rest’ usually with a nitrogen-enhancing cover crop. As opposed to not planting anything at all in one given year (starvation?), the crops are rotated. A good husbandry practice.
    My sympathies on your ongoing schooling woes. Will you go eventually into naturopathic medicine?
    Looks like the Lancers played fiercely. ;) Lovely sunset backdrop.
    Butkus looks like the most laid-back love muffin ever! So sweet.
    Love the microscopic sand – a small world of gorgeous variety.
    Gearing up for the holidays? Christmas is only 40 days away – yikes!

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Yes even though we didn’t plant things in every area; “fallow” really means lots of clover and other things that I assume help. I am not exactly sure what I will do with my career there are tons of options but no matter what yes I absolutely focus on lifestyle/”natural” approaches to health!! We are definitely ready for Christmas!!! Decorated earlier than ever this year! Thanks for the comments :)

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