Do not disturb an ancient hawthorn,
Sweet branches nor the root,
Respect as like as mourn,
Tread gently with your boot.
Take extra special care,
No spade dug, nothing shoved,
As might be laying there,
Once buried, once lost, a precious one beloved.
~ ©R Jane Bowen 2018
Many a day over the last few years in fact, I’ve termed parts of my garden as: “Full of high biodiversity using conscientious neglect”. Oh how it had an appeal to my student mind. Truth be told I’ve felt busy, sometimes been agitated to do other pressing environmental things and life’s been interspersed with distressing moments (as it is with many people I’m sure).
So what if hanging baskets got a bit dry, courgettes ending up as marrows and parts of the garden being completely left to nature. Those things of beloved nature have been doing a grand and natural job. However, spring is approaching and in places I’m clawing back space for us to be included in the mix again, and of course as always I will be using all my experience and knowledge of permaculture principles.
Tonight the full moon is called a Blue Moon, but you don’t have to wait for a Blue Moon to see a huge moon. As long as you watch the moon as it rises or sets on the horizon. When it is a full moon, it is said to be a good night to plant and if nothing else, it is lighter by the reflection of the sun on this beautiful, universal, fellow traveller.
The moon down near the horizon can look enormous due to an optical illusion.
Over forty years ago, along the north side of the garden, hubby’s family dumped tree trunks and covering them with rough stone filled sod. Hubby did a lot of the work and it now stands around four feet high and is covered in native plants. This forward thinking now protects the garden from the worst of the north blown winds, rain water run off from the field and some of the noise from the road.
I’ve found gardening with nature🌿connects me happily to the Earth and the other creatures🐾 upon it. Making things for the home, mending♻ crafting and living a frugal life is all part of self kindness. Having lived thus far, I seem to have gleaned some pretty amazing things I’m happy to share. Therefore, I’m writing and will start to 📖 self publish. This top blog post is sticky and therefore will appear above more recent posts.