Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sunday Gardening News! Aug. 7, 2011

Take a few minutes and check out the Ozarker's blog post.
Unless we face the impossibility of infinite growth in a finite system and come together in a shared picture of America that is both more realistic and fair in light of that impossibility than our current consumerist, every man for himself economic and political system is, they will crumble.  The danger that they will be replaced by rule of those most violent minorities is real.  And those who survive will be left to wander through the detritus of the nation, looking for the remains of “America”.
This is for you Ozarker, and all of us still looking for America.

I wanted to do something a bit different today and talk a bit about permaculture.
The following video is an older one about the beginnings of the permaculture movement and features Bill Mollison. It is well worth watching and I hope that those who can will take some of these ideas and apply them where you live.
Here, because of what rbrgs has talked about over the years, we've turned about 1/3 of our very small area into an area for perennials. Fruit trees, berries, asparagus. Anytime I find something like that that will grow here or is native here like Passion Flower vine, I try and find a little niche for it.
Last year, the native passion fruit was delicious and prolific, and the elderberry bushes heavy with berries.
This sort of gardening takes time of course and planning ahead, but the results are well worth it.
It's something we need to work on now while there is time.
I always leave room for annuals because we need the fast flush of food to eat in season and have to preserve for winter.
Hope you enjoy the video. 

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