Alexander Rodewald wrote:I read in the Jewish Torah (or the first 5 books of the Old Testament) about commands with promises attached. The one that peaked my curiosity, as it comes to regenerative gardening/farming, was the command to let the land rest every seven years. In essence, it lies fallow.
The promise in Leviticus 25:18-22 says: " ‘So you shall observe My statutes and keep My judgments, and perform them; and you will dwell in the land in safety. Then the land will yield its fruit, and you will eat your fill, and dwell there in safety. ‘And if you say, “What shall we eat in the seventh year, since we shall not sow nor gather in our produce?” Then I will command My blessing on you in the sixth year, and it will bring forth produce enough for three years. And you shall sow in the eighth year, and eat old produce until the ninth year; until its produce comes in, you shall eat of the old harvest."
Since the Jewish calendar year starts over every Autumn on the 1st of Tishri, which was 7 September 2021, I harvested everything I could prior to that. Then, I just let it all go! Since then, I haven't planted a thing, nor pruned.
What's been interesting are the observations that I've been able to make as I watch the land do what it wants to do. Wild grapes exploded on the south side. Wild blackberries and strawberries came up near my driveway. I even found fruit trees (peach & pear) on the North end where kids had thrown their pits. These trees were already 7-9 ft high when I found them! So, guess where I'm going to plant my grapes, berries, and food forest?
Today is the 1st of Tishri once again, so I am ready to plant/prune! As for the fertility, I'll have to follow up next year with an update. If it works, it's just one more tool to enhance fertility without chemicals!! A tool that used to be a mainstay, but has been forgotten due to intensive farming practices. I'm sure someone with more knowledge can expound.
Alexander Rodewald wrote:Thanks for raining on my parade, Brandon! haha (jk)
You're right about the promises being for Israel, but I believe that many of the mechanisms for blessing are baked into the systems of nature/creation. I'm not trying to be legalistic, but am trying to live abundantly by working with the creation's natural (God-designed) tendencies.
Eric Hanson wrote:...is it allowed to plant a cover crop to grow during the 7th year but not harvest it? If so, this might be a great time to add in a legume or annual seed mix so as to bulk up your land while it rests.
Very interesting information, thanks for sharing. -Eric