Hello Gardening Friends, what is growing on your side? I have swung 180 degrees from a horticulture to back to Eden gardening permaculture gardening angle. (Perma refers to permanent.)
Cool, but what does that mean and why tell us, you ask.
Healing, thriving and surviving, whether for the individual or planet, depends on us to
- understand nature;
- respect nature;
- copy nature is the simple most important aspect of back to Eden gardening;
- provide a habitat and eco-system that includes, protects and promotes;
- grow nutrient rich, healthy foods.
By ignoring the natural cycle, and trying to synthesize and control mother Nature, we have created a loose-loose situation where we have to
- work hard the whole time;
- manage a system that excludes, sterilizes, fakes and kills – a costly process;
- loose soil, and our own health due to poor nutrient density.
When we lean towards back to Eden gardening, Mother Nature offers her services free of charge. Every challenge you may imagine, has a natural and easy solution.
When you focus on plant diversity and companion planting, soil building through layering, excluding digging/tilling and providing biomass, nature will do absolutely everything else for free. Bees and butterflies, beneficial bacteria and fungi all come together to work for you – happily so. They are the experts and they exist only to play their roles. Our jobs are not to sterilize and control, but to develop and provide (for) healthy ecosystems.
We will discuss permaculture methods and share our successes and challenges, tips and stories in our quest to grow a garden in Eden.
Gabe Brown summed it up wonderfully for me:
“If you want to change in a small way – do big things;
if you want to change in a big way – think different”
Please send us your pictures, challenges and success stories so that we can all learn together!