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A frosty lesson

I was out checking up on my newly transferred raspberry bushes this morning. This was after the first frost of this season. Luckily it wasn’t a serious frost, as I learnt an important lesson in the soft fruit bed.

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Yesterday, I had put down straw mulch around the base of each bush having heard that frost was expected. I wanted to protect those recently exposed and still-developing roots. Sadly, I’d missed one bush. I arrived this morning to find a bed of healthy bushes, all except one. Its leaves were limp and dark. As always, the garden had a lesson for me beyond the obvious one to mulch the bushes in good time.

Protect your roots

Roots are a subject that is as broad as there are cultures, nationalities and belief systems in the world. If I mention roots to someone, they could think of their hometown and the house they grew up in. They could think of grandparents and earlier ancestors. National heritage comes to mind too. I know there are some that will think of their root chakra or perhaps being rooted and grounded to Earth. For most, we have a strong desire to be rooted to home, the place our loved ones are.

Looking through all the rooting possibilities, it came to my attention that each one needs protecting. Our roots are important. How much time and energy do you spend nurturing your roots, protecting them from the frosts of life. It’s our roots that keep us grounded and steady when buffeted by storm or frigid cold.

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