Thursday, July 5, 2012

just when I thought I had it all figured out...

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!

10 comments:

  1. We've done some no-till gardening (we practice sheet composting, which sounds very similar to what's in the video you linked to)--I've never had so much success as this year! We haven't done the big time mulching though with wood chips, but we'll do that for next year, especially since we seem doomed to eternal drought and our water bill is pretty high.

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  2. We're in the process of buying a farm and I've been trying to wrap my head around how we're going to implement permaculture. I feel wholly unprepared. It's exciting and totally intimidating. Good luck! I can't wait to see what you guys end up doing!

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  3. A friend of mine told me about this film and I loved it, we're going to try this method next year for sure. Good luck!

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  4. Humbling is this process of learning a new way... it leaves us raw and exposed, but in the end, it builds us up XO

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  5. I can so relate to this post because it's the exact same for us. We're trying to work toward permaculture, but it hasn't been easy. As you mention, knowledge is one thing, and experience is another. What makes it harder for me, is that the books are written for particular areas, i.e. wherever the author lives. I can't copycat what they do because I have different climate, different soil, different weather patterns, different native plants, different problems. I've resigned myself that it's going to be a lot of experimenting, trial and error so to speak, except that I have to view the "error" as part of the process. Not much help, I know, but that's where we're at!

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  6. Have you seen the film A Farm for the Future? Next time you have a minute, look it up. I know you'll love it.

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    1. Thanks, Sophie! I just finished watching it - loved it!

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  7. We are testing out no-tilling this year. so far so good, except for the weeds. the weeds. our son "fed" the garden chicken scratch - so now we have wheat, barley, and lentils sprouting up everywhere!!

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    1. Oh no! (that's cute, though). The chickens will have a feast in your garden this fall ;)

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  8. It is kind of hard to try a "new path" when the old one is so comfortable and easy but it is also liberating! :)

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