When I built the trellis for the tomatoes a few people wondered why on earth I made it so tall. The middle bar is about 4 feet above the ground and the top bar is at 7 feet. I told them that this is as high as I can comfortably reach. The looks I got said it all. They thought I was crazy. No one but me thought they would benefit from a trellis this tall.
Remember we don’t use commercial fertilizers, nor do we spray. Co-workers think that’s about the silliest thing they ever heard. But is it? Look at the forests, the meadows, the diversity of life in natural areas left untouched by man. They team with life and not a bag of 10-10-10 insight. Just the cycle of life. When something dies (be it plant or animal) the things it took from the earth are given back to the earth. In death they provide nourishment for the living.
How many of the products lining store shelves are truly needed? How many do we think we need as a result of marketing and peer pressure?
Have a little faith. Compost your food scraps, the weeds you pull, and the autumn leaves. Feed the soil. And don’t expect miracles the first year. Soil that has been severely depleted and abused may take several years to recover. But recover it will and as you look over the seeds you have sown you will begin to wonder why there are so many items on the shelves of the garden center when all you need is a seed, a little rain, and a little faith.
“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.”
― Wendell Berry