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The Magic of Life

I had no idea!

Reading about soil today has enlightened me…no, transported me…into another world, seriously!

The world beneath my feet.

I have always had a fascination with Fairies and the world of Nature, but was never fully cognisant of the facts about our soil…that deep, dark, rich matter that gives forth all we eat.

Facts like, a gram of soil contains about 100 million bacteria.

A square metre of fertile farmland can be inhabited by something like around 55 million worms and about 50,000 small insects and mites.

Monoculture diminishes all this, of course.

A monocultured ecosystem is very weak and may not be up to withstanding disturbance…hence the severe erosion and dust storms seen throughout places like the mid west of America.

A complex ecosystem, such as can be found here at Bealtaine Cottage, is better able to adapt to disturbance.

Permaculture has a healing effect in a very short time, allowing the soil to build up a strong ecosystem relatively fast…a few years in the case of this monocultured 3 acres!

Homo sapiens, means, Wise Man.

A Wise Man would not be sieving life out of our Eco-system, or interfering with our food chain and supply by patenting seeds.

A Wise man in Government would not allow that to happen.

Where have all the Homo sapiens gone?

Today’s video…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCIaK07EieY

Posted in biodiversity, Climate, Ecology, Ireland, Permaculture, Thoughts, Trees, Uncategorized, Woodland

Homage to Trees

Over 600 trees planted at Bealtaine…and it continues! The eco-system is a complex web linking animals, plants, water air and every other life form, in what we call the biosphere.

Some of the tree coverage now at Bealtaine.

In the normal course of events, Nature regulates everything within this eco-system.

One of over 30 fruit trees planted here at Bealtaine, as permaculture design takes monoculture back into full abundance…

 We are becoming more aware of just how delicately balanced this eco-system really is.

We realise that human survival depends upon preserving and maintaining that eco-system.

Since the time when human beings  first discovered agriculture, the eco-system has been systematically weakened. At one point in our existence we were on pretty good terms with Nature, but we are, increasingly, coming into conflict with Nature!

An example of this conflict is to be found here in Ireland. We have a rare limestone landscape  in the west of Ireland, in County Clare, called the Burren. We now know that the Burren was, at one time, covered in forest. De-forestation caused erosion and the limestone became exposed to the air. This is a good example of de-forestation turning earth to stone!

Since the beginning of civilisation, human kind has developed an attitude of, “out of sight, out of mind!” Roman engineering carried human waste out of sight. However, there is no “away,” for we live on one planet and must accept the fact that it is our only home!

The word, ecology comes from the word “oikos.” This means, house or habitat. Continually cutting down forests, especially ancient forests, is foolish housekeeping in any habitat! When an ancient forest is cut down, an entire eco-system, which has taken hundreds and hundreds of years to build up, is gone in one felling…one day!

By cutting down ancient woodland and forests, the human race is squandering the capital rather than, modestly living off the interest!

Tree planting is one of the most important actions that any human being can do on this planet, for without trees we are a doomed species…