Tyler Ludens wrote:I'm impressed that people notice your permaculture at all! Take the opportunity to express your enthusiasm for this system of design and how it benefits your life (and everyone else's, even your neighbors')
Burra Maluca wrote:I'd probably drop in phrases like 'eye of the beholder' and 'garden of eden'.
Angelica Harris wrote:I was also thinking "eye of the beholder"!
My first thought was: "Well, since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I think it's lovely, and you think it's ugly. And we're both right!"
And if that didn't end the discussion, well then you can't go wrong with a good natured shrug. Remember the golden rule: If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.
S Bengi wrote:I have heard that before where someone said the lawn grass is too tall at 4inch or that the cover crops is too wild at 12inches.
I say stuff like, I am building soil soil unless you want to buy some for me. Or Are you willing to come import and spread soil and cut the grass/weed weekly.
Other times I say I it's a multi year plan, I am currently building soil with cover crop, followed by woodchip.
Other times, I will say digg in that vegetable section and it will be bone dry after it raining yesterday, then I will say move over 15ft to the woodchip/weed area. Now dig, squeeze and water will be bead up, then I will say are you going to bring water over and water daily. because I am not going to pay for it or do the extrawork.
Tina Hillel wrote:My brother in law commented that he never saw so much lambsquarter left in a yard and garden.
My answer was looks tasty doesn't it, don't worry I'll share it😀
Mike Jay wrote:I'd say that the butterflies on my pollinator plants look much better to me than the chemically manicured lawn next door or the sterile poisoned monocrop in the field over there.
William Bronson wrote: Well, the dead jchoke stalks along side my driveway are ugly...
Worse, they aren't laying down rotting to feed next year's crop.
If the critic in question favors form over function, they will never see the inherent beauty of a permaculture or anything of the sort.
If not, showing them what chop and drop drop,leaving room for helpful insects and feeding the soil can do may reveal the beauty to them
Borislav Iliev wrote:I think the biggest problems I have with people is the part with ryegrass, I like my ryegrass tall so that I can touch its seeds with my hands while walking upright.
When people comment on it I tell them I like it lush, and I ask them why a short grass is more beautiful? So people have problems with explaining me the basis for that simple concept of beauty they have...
I think people have some fear of nature, and they always have the need to control it, sometimes just to show they have that ability, if people insist on the need of order in the garden just for the sake of it.
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