Monday, November 9, 2009

Preparation and weeding

And so it went on. Weeding and preparing. Preparing and weeding.
For inspiration Ms Mova, Ms Tagalong and potential manure carter went to a
permaculture seminar on August 20th. Geoff and Nadia Lawton from the Permaculture Research Institute inspired all with their talk and slides of permaculture gardens around the world. Visions of Davidson plums and macadamia trees for a top layer, shading coffee bushes and olives and a lower layer of portulaca flashed like the cliched dollar signs in cartoon characters' eyes. We waxed philosophical about the ways to incorporate ideas of sustainable living into the community. To see more

Ms Mova was itching with ideas, fairly bursting with designs for developing water catchment by the use of swales. 'You just follow the contours of the land and build retaining walls to catch any rainfall.' Ms Tagalong tried to point out that we had no contours, there were no hills or slopes, just a flat concrete patch. To no avail. 'Prayer mounds, meditation spots, I can see it all, a tranquil haven.'

Meanwhile the mounds of weeds grew.