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Haibun: Wandering

There is an expression that suggests when a person is being “lead down the garden path” that she is being deceived.  I do not know who first postulated this idea, but I do know there was once a wizard who said, “all who wander are not lost”.  I would rather wander down the garden path with Gandalf anytime.

Winter rains, cool nights
Green grass, red bark, orange boughs—
A compost pile looms

Ljgloyd 2020

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2020/01/26/rdp-sunday-wander/

 


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It’s All Greek to Me

Kale and Mustard Greens

As much as I am gardening to do my small bit to repair the planet, the other reason is that I like to eat: and I like to eat healthfully as much as I can. Furthermore, I have found over the years that it is the Mediterranean diet that I enjoy the most: Italian, Greek, Provençal, Spanish, North African, Levantine, greens, beans, grains, olive oil, fish and wine. Admittedly, I can’t produce it all, but I can do a little.

Here’s a little scholarship on the subject:

Ljgloyd 2020


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Garden Log: Working Through the Garbage to Get to the Gold

Black Gold

I helped a friend yesterday sift through a compost pile to make two wheelbarrows of fresh compost to put on the garden where I volunteer.   As a little compensation for this work, I was allowed to bring home a bucket of this precious black gold.   In order to rebuild the depleted soil of my own yard I need to spread this mess of decomposed kitchen and plant waste to reintroduce life to the soil— all the way from one-celled organisms to insect life.

It is a lot of hard work to make compost— involving shovels and pitchforks and aching muscles and mud encrusted shoes. It is standing almost to your ankles in muck.

As we worked, I remarked to my colleague, “You’ve got to shovel a lot of *%*% before you can pick any flowers”. She agreed.

Isn’t that a metaphor applicable to all areas of our lives.

 

ljgloyd 2020

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2020/01/13/rdp-monday-daylight/

 


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A Small Corner in My Realm

I sometimes feel overwhelmed at the enormity of what we must do to save this planet. As fires rage and oceans rise, as lands become barren and the path we walk along the edge of extinction crumbles away before us, I still feel hope. I am one simple woman. What can I do? I will take my one small corner of green that I am blessed to steward and plant flowers. Sounds silly and naive? Tell that to mourning doves who graze in my garden and the hummingbirds who hover about, and the bees who come looking for my lavender and rosemary. And when I plant milkweed and borage this spring, I hope the butterflies will come. That is what I am doing. Even if all I had was an apartment balcony, I would put out a pot of flowers to feed a passing pollinator. Before I start though, I need to show a little humility and perhaps, to use an old fashioned term, a little repentance for my part in damaging the planet.  Then I will put on my gardening gloves and get to work– sowing one tiny seed at a time. 

 

ljgloyd 2020

 

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2020/01/05/rdp-sunday-realm/


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Garden Notes: Finding a Direction

If you’ve been around my blog long enough, you will have noticed that I engage in a community gardening project.  The garden I volunteer in provides produce to a local food pantry for those in need. But the garden also serves as a teaching tool for sustainable, organic gardening practices

For the last six months that I have been volunteering  i’ve been puttering around, basically following the directions of the garden manager, but not really knowing the whats and the whys of my actions.  A few days ago, the garden volunteers attended a training conducted by an expert in Permaculture.   I had heard the word tossed about before but really had no idea what it meant.  By the end of the presentation I walked away from the garden energized and eager to know more, in a new direction to take my creative work with the earth.

Here are the notes I wrote in my garden journal after the session:

“… Permaculture is an integrated system of ecological and environmental design—a contraction of the words ‘permanent’ + ‘culture’— originated by Australian researchers Bill Mollison and David Holmgren.   It is a system of principles and tools to redesign communities to live harmoniously with nature–working with nature, not against it —to improve the health of the land and the people who tend it. Permaculture is about rebuilding much-needed relationships with people, the land and the systems that support them. It works to build resilient communities that adapt to changing climate situations….. The three ethics of Permaculture are earth care, people care, and fair share. When people work in harmony with nature, there will be a surplus which can be shared with the whole community.   … Permaculture design principles arise from [a] way of perceiving the world that is often described as systems-thinking and design-thinking… These principles include

  • observe and interact,
  • capture and store energy,
  • get a yield,
  • apply self regulation and accept feedback,
  • use and value renewable resources and services,
  • produce no waste
  • design from patterns to details,
  • integrate rather than segregate,
  • use small and slow solutions,
  • use and value diversity,
  • use edges and value the marginal,
  • creatively use and respond to change…”

We will have another training in a few weeks and I look forward to growing my knowledge in this area. In this world today where so many deny climate change and the unfair distribution of food and resources, tending a garden of this sort is an act of defiance. I am so ready to dig my heels .

Reference links and video

http://www.permacultureactivist.net/intro/PcIntro.htm#Characteristics

http://www.permacultureactivist.net/intro/PcIntro.htm

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/12/07/rdp-saturday-excitement/

Ljgloyd 2019


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Casting My Bread

The world is a mess. That’s an understatement, to be sure. Our problems are so overwhelming that it might be easy to fall into despair and think there’s not anything that can be done to fix things. The good news is that though none of us can fix everything in the world, we each can repair our small corner of it and be confident that it does make a difference.

There is an old saying that if you cast your bread upon the waters, it will come back to you many times over. In other words, I fervidly believe that if each of us do good in this world in some small seemingly insignificant way, then the effects are cumulative and magnified, and the results reach places we could never have imagined.

So where do I find my corner in this messed up world? I am finding mine in a garden. If you have followed me for a while, you know that I volunteer in a community garden that grows food for a local pantry that distributes to those in need. My creaky old knees don’t allow me to do a lot of heavy lifting or digging, but I can harvest, pull weeds, and water.

This work in a community setting has had an effect in my personal realm.   I am eating more healthfully by adopting a more plant-based diet. No, I have not become a vegan —yet— but relying more on plants for food is better for the environment.

Is my working in the garden going to eliminate hunger and poverty?  Well, at least for one person or two it may. Is my not eating meat going to end the global climate crisis?  No, but it may lead to one less cow emitting methane to the atmosphere– which might put a tiny, tiny dent in it.

Call me Pollyanna-ish, but inaction on my part is not an option for me. I am going to keep casting that bread.

LJG 2019

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/09/09/rdp-monday-fervid/

 

 


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Garden Log: Notes to myself about planting

This post has been made for my own reference, though I hope it might be useful to you as well if you do any sort of gardening. One of the reasons that  I volunteer at a local community garden is so that I can learn skills to apply to my own garden work. Yesterday we sowed corn and planted squash and pumpkins.

 

Here is what I learned:

On sowing seeds:

  • Clear away all weeds and other debris,
  • dig a furrow where the seeds will be placed,
  • put in some fresh compost, followed by fertilizer or enhanced soil,
  • press the seeds into place, distance between seeds the width of a fist, the depth twice the size of the seed,
  • cover over,
  • sprinkle with water,
  • spread a light layer of mulch

On setting out plants

  • In the cleared soil,
  • Dig a hole  the size of the plants container,
  • trowel in some compost and fertilizer,
  • mix in one small spoonful of mycorrhizal root inoculant,
  • Gently remove the plant from its container and set into the hole ,
  • Lightly water and surround the plant with mulch.

 

 

ljg 2019


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Orgulous

I learned a new word today: “orgulous”.  It is an adjective meaning haughty, proud, ostentatious, disdainful.  Based on this I took some pictures and wrote:


A Haiku:

Nasturtiums flaunt
brash colors across my yard
–Jealous salvias.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ljg (c) 2019

 

 

 

 

https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/rdp-wednesday-orgulous/