I like to call myself a harvest gardener. I make really rich soil and then plant things so thickly that weeds have no space. Then I just pick things.
Sometimes, I might be knee-deep in it and only discover that I own a certain plant, when I decide to harvest it. I may have looked at that particular block a dozen times, but never visited that particular plant. It seems like a free one when that happens.
I visit fruit trees very regularly when I know they're about to ripen.
Location: Arkansas Ozarks zone 7 alluvial,black,deep loam/clay with few rocks, wonderful creek bottom!
posted 3 weeks ago
I love to visit almost everything everyday...cooler weather more often.
Usually I'm doing something specific in one of the gardens or around the fruit trees but I still try to observe most of the area while I'm working.
My favorite is to go out at dawn with no intent and just wander with a cup of coffee and no tool...but normally I have a plan, either watering or scything or planting something.
When we are gone overnight or longer I do appreciate the changes I see but if I'm home I can hardly stay away.
The 'why' is more complicated and somewhat vague...for peace of mind maybe? to just observe and see what needs doing next...many times it's nice just to relax and look without feeling a need to 'do' something.
...and favorites to check on would have to be anything blooming or fruiting!
"We're all just walking each other home." -Ram Dass
"Be a lamp, or a lifeboat, or a ladder."-Rumi
as often as I can!! Which, realistically, often means only a super quick stroll every morning as I get out to feed the rabbits, or even less if it's rainy or cold, and a long day out working among the plants once a week or so. I've got spring fever, but this is my busiest season for work and I'm expecting to be squarely located within crazytown til I stop in mid-December.
(I have a long weekend booked away in 3 weeks, which means my seedlings need to be in the ground and somewhat stable by then. not sure when that's going to happen, especially with 10 days of not-a-moment-of-sun in the forecast.)
Every time I need a spike in happiness. My garden and the wild forest that surrounds it is a place of peacefulness that provides mental services that I cannot begin to explain. The human constructed world is much too often a place of stress for me.
Biochar maker/enthusiast whose mind wants to dance, but whose body is a really awkward white guy.
Pics of my Forest Garden
Oh the stink of it! Smell my tiny ad!
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