She said to her, "Your husband is over weight. Is that why your garden is so overgrown and messy?'
While a bit rude, this crude perspective rules the neatness obsessed.
My garden is overgrown because I want it that way. What these types may see as mess, I see health and promise and sustainability.
My wife may get at me for allowing too much growth, but it's not growth so much as fertility.
I do however believe in the right to be lazy. Neatness can sometimes require too much hard work. During weather like this with all the humidity and rain, no normal human being will be able to tame their garden without upping their chore hours.
I can be patient. I can wait until the clouds part and the rain stops. I can let the grass grow under my feet.
It's true my garden divides people. I do monitor the feedback. This most recent comment indicates how the naysayers think. These anal naysayers.
I may be handicapped by ill health but being lazy equates with sustainability. When working the patch, dirtiness is good.
At the moment I'm trying to work out what sort of interventions I need to follow. My patch responds to a good whipper snippering so I'm adjusting my layout to suit that tool. The weather is too hot to labour out there in the sun. So I'm adapting to the season via a preference for light duties.
Now that I've finally converted a few beds to Vetiver mulch only, I'm developing a new gardening culture that's upsetting my mower men who suspect that this Summer may be the last one they can drop off grass clippings. As it is I have a HUGE pile of grass on my verge ready to be transported outback. When it is wet it is heavier and harder to pick up. So I am in no hurry to invest the labour.
The longer it lays there the smaller will be the pile as it rots down.
Indeed, I like to think of myself as a smart gardener. Why bust a gut, when Mother Nature will do the work for you? Trim as needed. When needed. But don't overdo it.
I've developed an enclosed system where nothing biodegradable leaves the property. The motor for that is my commitment to mulching and that I treat the chook pen as one big composting bin. I may have grass clipping inputs -- but those have been the motor that has converted my sand box into excellent topsoil.
If people think that neatness means less infestation and disease they haven't experienced how healthy a 'wild' garden can be. My primary problem I guess is that I lose sight of plants in the jungle,so that they often miss being harvested.
I had been irrigating with too much bore water,. While I've cut back my use of the pump supply -- rather than use too much other water -- and run out or be hit with higher utility bills, I'm planting the Vetiver as an ongoing pump pulling moisture from the soils depths.
Indeed, I'm hoping to make a rain garden where the patch will require far less watering input.
While gravity is all, the key ingredient is adding carbon to the soil so that it holds onto the moisture like a sponge. As it seeps deeper -- rely on the Vetiver to wick it back up again. In that mix is the wonderful micro climate effect I'm generating.
Patience is all. No bare soil. Mulch. Mulch. Mulch.
Indeed, monitoring the massive bushfire tragedy this Summer has been instructive . Why has so much of Australia been gutted by firestorms? While there is a debate about 'fuel' load' what strikes me as more relevant is the question of moisture. After so much drought and relentless rising temperatures, the landscape dried to ignition crisp.
Even paddocks heavily grazed and drought effected with hardly any cover ignited into flames.
So the challenge is one of how do we keep more moisture in the soil. Across Australia that's THE QUESTION -- but it is also a challenge I'm addressing outback here.
That's a different question from harvesting rainwater using tanks or dams.
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