Far be that fate from us…said Ovid over 2,000 years ago…
It got me thinking of all I thought would not happen when I first took up growing…
We would not destroy our lifeline, the soil, for all that is necessary for life lies within…
And yet this is happening all over the developed world, and, everywhere else too!
Did you see the gigantically terrifying Dust-cloud thet enveloped Phoenix, Arizona over recent days?
Reminiscent of the Dust-Bowl catastrophes of the hungry thirties…
In Permaculture we mulch…and mulch and…mulch! Building up layers of soil and goodness.
There is little need to dig, disturbing the ecological balance of the soil.
The fate that awaits us all is a depleted soil and thence a depleted Earth and this is happening every day in corporate controlled Agriculture…and there is a Land-Grab going on, have no doubt about that!
The Corporate monsters are on the march!
We must all take our positions in making a stand against this and we can!
As consumers we are powerful, very powerful indeed!
I was reminded on Twitter this morning of this when reading some of the tweets accumulated overnight and one of them was about buying local, another about imported foods from parts of Africa where hunger is now ravaging the people…think on…
Hazelnuts beginning to ripen here at Bealtaine…this is a food to forage as well as grow and forms a good source of protein for the vegan or vegetarian.
These store well and can be ground or minced and added to burgers!
And a few more words from Ovid…”Video meliora, proboque; Deteriora sequor,” which translated means, simply…”I see the better way, and approve it; I follow the worse.”
April weather is always unpredictable. Snow fell this morning…in between rain and brilliant sunshine! It was like a convergence of all the seasons in one morning! This time last year we were swimming in the Atlantic Ocean down by Mullaghmore Pier. Legs and arms, uncovered for the first time in months, looked a sickly white […]
The rain has fallen for 48 hours. Heavy, relentless rain, that has washed down the hill behind the cottage and into the ditches, I constructed for such a deluge. The water is carried around the ditches and into the stream bed that flows down through the Fairy Wood and on, into the ponds. This is […]
The Ivy hangs in 3-4 metre tendrils on a tree in the Fairy Dell…Quite Magical!Euphorbia…this wonderful perennial comes up more lush every year and transplants easily…I started with a stolen cutting and now it dominates the April/May/June garden and beyond!Angelica, now at least 7 feet tall and with a massive spread. Medieval herbalists called it […]
Working in the tunnel this morning I heard the first Cuckoo of the year calling from the hill behind Bealtaine. This is extraordinarily early to hear the Cuckoo…usually in May, or at the earliest, very late April…the seasons are coming earlier here in Ireland. The flowers on the first Wild Orchid of the year are […]
From monoculture grass and cows to Pear blossom on an April evening…Permaculture. Where once was a field covered in grass and rushes, there is now an orchard and…permaculture. Blackthorn blossom through the arch… The barbed wire that once bordered this area by the cottage is gone, replaced with a new border…of plants and trees…permaculture! And […]