Saturday, June 30, 2018

Recycling in the Banana Patch

Where I live bananas grow, but after my first harvest I am learning the full story of the banana plant has many surprises.

Following what I have been taught I cut down the banana tree after harvesting its bunch.

I was about to leave the cut banana stems on the soil to break down but a Facebook post alerted me to the possibility of planting seedlings in holes in the newly cut stems.

The stem is full of water and as it decomposes it
creates  nutrient rich soil.

I must confess cutting the holes in the stems was more difficult than anticipated but I did succeed.

Now look forward to seeing how these little seedlings grow.

 Painting - From The Earth 2 by Winsome Gunning

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Simple Luxury of Winter Sunlight

Winter's greatest luxury is sunlight.

It ripens bananas on the kitchen table, it gives cozy sunny corners in which to luxuriate with a good book.

It fills our hearts with joy and our bodies with the ever healing vitamin D,  

 It may be diffuse among the trees of my garden but with a house set up from the ground it filters through the louver windows and gives warmth

Sometimes so difficult to leave my winter room room and get down stairs to do all the pruning, weeding and watering that a sustainable lifestyle requires.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Healing Powers of Nature

My dream was to have a garden.

During my third breast cancer cancer experience this was the hope that sustained me.

I knew being connected once more to the healing powers of nature would help me heal. years later I am well, healthy and although the budget is stretched and there have been some real set backs along the way I am cancer free working each day to make my soil stronger and my plants more alive.

One of the most precious lessons I have learned in this journey is that as we heal the land we heal ourselves.

Sharing knowledge with some wonderful followers of permaculture and fellow members of my local community garden keeps the discovery of ways to make food stronger and healthier ongoing.

I look forward to sharing this knowledge on this blog.

Healing Earth: An Ecologist's Journey of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship