Younger son (works in .com industry) said I should ‘do’ a blog. Initially, I asked why on earth would I spend time at a computer to write a blog? When not at work, I switch the mobile off and unplug the laptop. That’s it! I prefer to connect with the abundant life that’s happening in my garden. New to blogging, I hadn’t a clue what to write about. I’ve always kept a garden diary and so thought maybe I could use these jottings as the basis for my garden blog. It was usual for people in the rural community in which I grew up a a child, to grow and harvest their own food. My late father was a farmer a man who cared for the soil. The high level of soil fertility was a result of applications of liquid seaweed and dragging a chain harrow to spread the animal manure over the paddocks. This was in an era when neighbouring farmers were applying fertiliser such as superphosphate to promote pasture growth. He also grew enough vegetables to keep our family supplied year round. Dad always kept seeds for the next season. My mother preserved the most wonderful white fleshed nectarines and large peaches. He’d made the connection of the well-being of people with the health of the soil. My mother-in-law believed in the therapeutic power of gardening. It was she who drew my attention to the problems of harmful growing practices. She too was a seed-saver and shared her belief in the importance of growing a range of healthy food. Knowing how to cook great meals is as natural as growing great food in season.
As I stayed out of the hot sun today and I spent some time reading others’ blogs. What a diverse lot we are. It’s wonderful the way people care about growing, cooking and eating fresh food. To achieve this aim, they start with the soil to nurture and sustain their living environment for the best results in the belief a positive difference can happen. There’s the sense of chatting over the neighbour’s fence. People help others or offer solutions.
Bill Mollison with Reny Mia Slay wrote in Introduction to Permaculture (1995): “Bring food-growing back into the cities and towns, where it has always traditionally been in sustainable societies. Assist people to become self-reliant, and promote community responsibility.”