Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter begins outdoor gardening

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul”– Alfred Austin, British author and poet, 1835-1913. Spring is a season of promise, anticipation of sunny days and brighter futures, new beginnings, greenery scenery and growth, the perfect time to start a garden. The Nashua Soup Kitchen’s ‘planting thoughts’ provides the Mailbag an opportunity to spread the word for needed supplies.

Outdoor garden boxes are a NSK&S spring project

“We are in the process of building and maintaining outdoor garden boxes for planting a variety of organic plants and seeds to grow vegetables and border flowers at our location on Quincy Street and a planned location on Spring Street,” says Erika M. of Nashua, finance and facilities manager at the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter (LTR 3,362). “Supplies needed for the garden boxes include hanging pots, pots of any size (used to replant small plants to give to clients), watering wand and cinder blocks (used to plant flowers along the outside of our garden beds). We are an organic garden so all materials and seeds MUST BE ORGANIC including organic composted cow manure, soil and especially much-needed mulch. Financial donations to purchase specific items are also greatly appreciated. Thank you.” The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter Inc. is a 501(c)(3) private, nonprofit agency that depends on the financial support of our community to keep their programs running, or in the case of the garden boxes ‘growing on.’ Folks wanting to donate supplies for the NSK&S garden boxes project should call 889-7770, ext. 121. Help those to help so many if you can!

Magazine collection invites reader’s inspection

“Last November, I worked with Patricia A. of Nashua (LTR 3,348) downsizing her home in preparation to a move into senior housing, and some of the items she chose to hold on to have now been passed along to me for an offer in Chris’ Mailbag,” says Bert the Picker, of Nashua (LTR 1,775). “The collection of Yankee Magazines, all in excellent condition, include articles on ‘Life and the Big Lake,’ ‘Classic Barns of Maine,’ ‘Ocean Walks,’ ‘Rising Seas,’ ‘Your Very Own Sandcastle,’ and too many more features to mention. All 10 issues include recipes from clam chowder and clambakes, to blueberries, Yankee pot roast and where to find the best ice cream. Edie Clark’s ‘View from Mary’s Farm’ appears in every issue. Featured New Hampshire towns include Jackson and Littleton, among many others. Hope someone will enjoy them.” The photography in the magazines would also work well for crafters working at decoupage, clip art, collages, etc. Lots of possibilities for vacations, day trips, restaurants, cooking, or just looking! Bert can be reached at 883-0990. Leave a message and he will get back to you.

Contact Chris’ Mailbag by emailing christine.graham33@gmail.com or sending mail to Chris’ Mailbag c/o The Telegraph, 110 Main St., Suite 1, Nashua 03060. Include full name and complete address, along with telephone number or email address for publication, if applicable. Items eligible for publication are for donation, trade or barter only; requests of items for sale or purchase will not be included.