Welcome to the Jungle

So I’ve been locked out of my blog for two weeks due to a virus scare and I don’t even know where to start. With luck I will own two beautiful acres for my farm by the end of the month. The trip to North Carolina was amazing. And I came home to a jungle. A wonderful, verdant jungle.

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This was my yard when I got home. Take a look at the same shot in 2013 and 2012. I’ve been reading The Natural Way of Farming and came back to see everything in a slightly new way.

forest garden1No longer is the crabgrass my enemy. Nature is perfect. The crabgrass is growing there without planting, therefore the crabgrass is growing in its perfect place. The crabgrass is there for a reason. It’s my job to try to understand why the crabgrass is growing there, and why I want to remove it, and what will happen if I do. This philosophy demands a certain flexibility of mind to be able to question all of the preconceived judgments that man places on the natural world. It’s heavy.

If you’re in the area, I’ll be talking about stacking functions and other permaculture ideas with a bunch of other local permaculture geeks (including David Goodman from Florida Survival Gardening) at the next Grow Gainesville meeting Monday August 18th. If you’re interested, check it out here.