Listen To The Land

| 9/18/2015 12:38:00 PM

Jack FernardI was walking around the property this evening, trying to mentally detox, when I noticed some bees buzzing around some flowers. There's been a lot of bad news for the bees this past year and bad news for the bees means bad news for me. "How bad?" you ask. Albert Einstein is often quoted as saying, "If the bee disappears off the surface of the earth, man would have four years of life left." That's pretty bad!

Owning acreage for the first time, I've been really excited about being a 'good steward' and crafting a piece of land that is not only good for me, but good for the living beings that I share it with. I want to make it more fruitful; more of what it was before being 'tamed' so many years ago. This has lead me to do a lot of reading about permaculture and the benefits of doing things the natural way. For those who may be unfamiliar with permaculture, a good example would be companion planting. Companion planting is where two different kinds of plants grow better next to each other, than they would if they were planted alone. Another example of permaculture is planting flowering plants in order to attract beneficial bugs – to which bees clearly qualify.

flowers in mid-September 

I've spent a lot of time researching what blooms when and making a list of things to plant. And this is all well and good. But it dawned on me, as I was watching the bees tonight that there were flowers right in front of me. Yes, even as the leaves are beginning to change color, there are blossoms open and full of color. In fact, the more I thought about it, I realized that there have been flowers consistently blooming since the snow thawed. And yet I was so preoccupied with reading and planning about how I was going to improve things that I had failed to notice that?!

That's actually kind of embarrassing.

flowers in mid-September 

9/20/2015 1:22:20 PM

Jack, The answer to your final question is YES> Your comments on taking time to really see what is on and in our land reminded me of Georgia O' Keeffe once saying, "No one really sees a flower, really it is so small-we haven't time, and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time." Keep searching your land for answers to your questions about it. It will tell you want it needs and what it can give you in return. Connie Moore, At Home in Ohio

9/19/2015 11:51:25 PM

Nebraska Dave, I had to laugh. You are absolutely right! Wildlife can become 'a bit greedy'. When I was growing up, whitetail deer were referred to as 'the big brown rats'. The orchard farmers really struggled with them, because the deer would eat the blossoms - and no blossom means no fruit. On a personal note, I'm really enjoying reading about your Tera Gardens. I had to start at the beginning, of course, so I've got a little catching up to do, but I'm really impressed with what you're doing. I especially liked the map view, seeing that patch of green right next to all that development. I'm sure the 'Tom' appreciates it! Thanks so much for the comment.

9/19/2015 8:14:31 AM

Jack, you have a great grasp on what should be the right way to live. We should live in harmony with nature instead of trying to instruct and force nature to do what we what it to do. I have a vacant lot garden in the middle of a city and am trying to grow without harming or destroying the animal life. After all they were there first and I invaded their territory. I don't mind if they eat some of the garden and have in past years planted part of the garden just for them. I'm not sure that was a wise thing because wildlife can become a bit greedy but I'm in process of dealing with keeping them out of my garden and still letting them have their garden. It has indeed become a challenge but one that I love to do. ***** Have a great permaculture day.

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