My System Doesn’t Work
I’ve made a decision. After spending the last two mornings rescuing my tomato plants from over-zealous bean plants I realized that my gardening has not been very successful in the past few years. This year everything started out great, but now, as the weather gets really hot, the gardens are looking miserable and the production that was so abundant earlier has stopped. Disease is setting in on many plants, and others are not producing much of anything.
Learning How To Communicate With Nature
Many years ago I purchased a book called Perelandra Garden Workshop by Machaelle Small Wright. At the time I was all excited about it, but the techniques seemed cumbersome and after working with it for a short time I dropped it, because I just didn’t have that many hours in the day.
I’m giving the book a second look. I’m going to give the techniques a try, a real try this time. However, I will probably try to find shortcuts to getting the information, as having to ask 100 questions to get the answer to one problems is still too time consuming. I have a lot of knowledge under my belt now, though. A lot of understanding about energy and how to work with it, so it should be a faster process.
Her technique involves working with all the energy spirits or devas that oversee an area. They know what is going on in the area, what the soil needs, what the plants need, where placement of plants will be most beneficial for the plants success, etc. Now, whether you believe in devas or nature spirits really doesn’t matter, because, in essence what you are doing is tapping into the energy field that nature resides on. That you can’t deny exists. Science has proven that we’re 99% energy. That the physical form that we see is not really solid, etc. So, what I’m going to do is start to work with the energy of the property we live on and get it balanced so that the plants and my family can flourish.
Right now I feel more like I’m on a battlefield and all I do is go from one skirmish to the next. If I had taken the time to connect with the energy of the garden, the tomato plants, and the bean plants before I allowed them in the same garden together I would have gotten a huge no from the tomato plants.
No Foresight Causes Disaster
Here’s how it unfolded for me. I planned to put the tomato plants in a certain garden, because you need to move them from year to year, so as not to allow disease to settle into the soil. So, you try not to plant them in the same place for three years. This has been a challenge for me, because we don’t have all our garden space finished and finding a garden that hasn’t had a tomato plant in it for three years can be a challenge. Anyway, I chose the garden, but had to clear it out of some major weeds. That took some time and during that time a bunch of volunteer bean plants came up. These beans did extremely well in our heat and humidity last year so I just left them. I planted the tomatoes amongst the small bean sprouts and waited to see what happened.
At first it seemed like a good match. They were growing at about the same rate and the beans were actually holding the tomatoes up. Then things started to turn south. I found that some of the bean plants were smothering the three hot pepper plants I had put in the garden, so I moved the beans to the outside edge of that part of the garden.
This last week I realized that I wasn’t seeing very many tomatoes on my plants and on closer inspection I realized that the beans were trying to make the tomatoes their trellis and they were in-fact now smothering the tomato plants.
Because of circumstances I wasn’t able to get to them until this week and in that one week disease set in and my tomato plants, which were huge and beautiful, are now a mass of black leaves, early blight has struck again. I was so careful not to water them from above this spring, but the leaves of the beans held moisture in around the tomato plant, which was a prescription for disaster.
So, for the past two days I’ve been hacking back bean plants until they are just around the edges of the entire garden and trying to salvage at least some of the tomato plants. I don’t know if I have, we’ll have to see how they fare, now that they are no longer buried.
I’ll do some testing to see if there is anything I can do to curtail the early blight and get the plants healthy again, but I fear that there’s not much that can be done this year.
So, instead of guessing and putting out fires over and over, I’m going to ask the land and the plants what they want and need and give them that. Hopefully then I can start to see healthy productive plants in all gardens every year.
I’ll keep you apprised with the progress and any modifications I do to Machaelle’s program to make it simpler to use.
How Do You Communicate With Nature?
If anyone out there has used Machaelle’s method I’d love to hear from you. Or maybe you have some other method of communicating with nature that you could recommend.