Friday, December 9, 2011
Digging for gold
Much of my plot is covered in clover. I never have to cut the grass where the clover grows. I am enjoying reading The One Straw Revolution at the moment. The author, Masanobu Fukuoka revolutionized a natural form of agriculture in Japan. He used clover (as well as straw) as ground cover on his fields and in his orchards as a living mulch. When you 'top' clover it stimulates the roots to grow more and fix more nitrogen. My plan is to use clover more in this way. Nature has been kind enough to do much of this work for me already on my plot; I'm a lot slower to catch on.
Barney spaniel settled himself down for his umpteenth snooze of the day. He watched me through heavy eyes as I struggled with the spade. "Do nothing" Fukuoka reminds us. By using nature more we are able to work less. He thinks a person should have time in their lives to sit and write poetry or to take part in community activities. That's the kind of world I want to live in! So I followed the lead of my enlightened dog and left the digging until some rain comes to soften the ground. A few days later my Polish friend asked which areas of my plot I want dug over. Her husband has finished work on theirs and wants to help me now. He has already completely transformed the plot of a single mum who hasn't had time to get up lately. Amazing.