A couple of days ago we harvested the last of our carrots and prepped our raised bed gardens for the long winter ahead. This November marked the end of our second year of serious gardening and we continue to be thrilled and humbled by this endeavor.
Earlier this month, the Orange Door Supper Club took its first official steps out of the realm of part-time hobby and into the sphere of business. We filed to incorporate as Orange Door Hospitality LLC, a name that we weighed and debated for a couple of months until it finally felt right. Admittedly, the name is a drag to type out, but because we plan to expand beyond supper clubs, we needed a word that would encompass our business vision.
Here we are, at the end of November, having finally found a few free hours to winterize our raised bed garden. Like watching animals prepare their dens and food stores for the cold months ahead, the act of putting our dirt to bed was extremely satisfying. It felt right to do right by the earth that had fed our vegetables and flowers throughout the summer. With a little bit of YouTube coaching, we tilled the soil and added layers of leaf clippings, newspaper and top soil, then sprinkled each bed with a bit of iron phosphate to discourage snails and slugs from setting up shop in our garden. It felt a little bit like making lasagna...just a big, organic, dirty one.
It’s a busy time here at Orange Door! Our next dinner is less than two weeks away and we are beginning to plan for what the next year will hold for us as we expand beyond our monthly events! We will have a lot to write about in the coming months, but for now we wanted to take a moment to say thank you for all of the support that we have received from our community of amazing friends over the past year. Here is a quick look at what we have done in our first year.