This blog will be a source of insight and understanding of how to develop healthy soil ecology. It will include practices and tools to help you restore the health of your garden. I will also review products on the commercial market, aka at your local Home Depot, and some that are worth ordering. When your garden is functioning on a level of sustainability, it will reduce your need for expensive inputs and plant replacement. Your garden will grow into a lush landscape of color, blooming all season long while you sit back enjoy the view and remember you are helping save the beautiful planet, Earth, too!
Some of my posts may be experiments for alternative methods to dealing with chronic garden problems or ecological frustrations. I have seen evidence of success in the scientific theories for alternative garden management, but every environment is different and takes a level of creative adaptability to make a design work. Many of the experiments will be based out of my parent’s backyard in Cambridge, Ma. It has been an interesting test subject. A great many challenges come to a small urban backyard that once was an asphalt parking lot of a chinese food restaurant. With maybe a $300 dollar budget a year, we have transformed what was saud and a young cherry tree into an ever evolving ecosystem. This year, I plan to upgrade the style and functionality of the tiny space, while enhancing the ecosystem of garden.
My experiments and design style come from a variety of artistic expression, my formal education in biology and from my extensive life detours that have brought me in contact with brilliant alternative thinkers. My understanding of the makings of healthy soil ecology and the results it has on plants comes primarily from my internship in biological farming practices and my three years work of being a fine gardener for five different companies in the Greater Boston area. Yes, I have done a bit of jumping around, but it has always been in search of people who are caring for the land differently and to learn from their wise experiences.
I hope I am able to inspire and open the realm of thinking within you, Dear Reader. I hope you will share your experiences and insights with me. Our earth is changing in many ways. The awareness and consciousness of the people has expanded so far in the past just 16 years. Our technology has enable us to connect at speeds beyond belief, from anywhere. With climate change, and the physical changing of landscapes, we need to find ways to maintain a healthy balance within the ecosystem and put energy not into fixing but into restoring. Fixes are band aids, temporary coverage, but restoration requires a deeper relationship with the problem and greater understanding of the needs to heal the wound.