You know how knowledge works in that strange way, where the more you think you know, the more you come to realize you don't actually know? Right. Just when I thought I had figured out exactly what to do with our garden area...just when we gathered the necessary materials...and started building away...and began lamenting the fact that the space wasn't going to be quite ready for all I had envisioned this summer...just then...I SAW THIS.
I think I mentioned that we were wanting to move toward permaculture farming, but until now, I hadn't really come across anything succinct or simple enough for me to feel comfortable putting the method into practice. I was always gathering bits and pieces of the puzzle, but honestly didn't understand exactly how they fit together or in what order.
And that's the odd thing about the timing of all this, really. I'm sure all those puzzle pieces were easily placed, but I'm not sure I was ready to see the picture just yet. I tend to have a plan, deliberately and sometimes painfully thought out, which often makes it difficult to adapt when things (inevitably) go astray. My life lesson. Yes, very much so.
But I've learned that when better knowledge comes along, I would be foolish to blindly follow my plan and ignore it. I know that it would feel wrong that way.
And I know that changing course at what initially seems like the most inopportune time can actually lead to better things.
So our vision for this garden space has shifted course a bit. There's still much work to be begun, but building up our soil in this way just feels right. I'm excited at the new road ahead - unfamiliar and unplanned, but oh it feels good to be free that way!
Have you experimented with the no-till method? I'm so curious how it worked for you if you're willing to share!