|Everyone likes butterflies and hummingbirds,|
but who plants for them? I do.
The bees appreciate the food,
and so do the adult beneficial insects.
"Nature's Template - The Creator's Design" - Joel Salatin
One of Salatin's tapes features the sunbeam and the miraculous work of photosynthesis. I have neglected that, so here is a brief definition. The intense energy of the sun allows plants to form chemical energy in the form of sugars. What we love about corn is the sweet energy it pulls out of the air from the sun, drawing minerals and hydration through its roots.
Sweet corn basks in the sun. The seed is unwilling to germinate until the sun's energy is radiating back into the air, creating hot, muggy days. The corn creates oxygen from photosynthesis, which begins with solar energy, water, and carbon dioxide. Thus, this one spectacular creation from the Creator maintains and produces earth's oxygen.
| Drop a Buckwheat seed or a few hundred in empty areas.|
Delicate flowers will soon bloom and be tended by pollinators.
The roots are working the soil.
Borrowing from Gabe Brown, every living plant and its roots will generate energy and create organic material to build the soil. The dandelion growing next to the rose is fueling the bush, not choking it. Of course, I do not appreciate the giant thistle next to another rose, energy or not.
I like the word energy because it became the basis in Greek for studying the efficacy of the Word in the New Testament. One example from the past came ancient Greece - worked soil is more productive. That insight is being stressed by Creation growers of today, fallow ground does not do much. A place owned by a gardener or farmer will improve steadily with the right methods.
|My English roots - Howard was British.|
|I recall seeing one of his descendants in The Lutheran magazine,|
where he posed in a state of glee
with anti-smoking celeb Brook Shields. LCA roots.
- Plant roots build the soil and improve the infiltration of rain, so a fully covered garden is better than narrow rows of little soldiers lined up on a bare (even a mulched) parade ground.
- Some advocates of cover crops simply drill through the lower growing plants to raise the money crop, with tremendous results. Ergo, crowding is not necessarily bad.
- Annual grains sap the soil, while perennials build the soil.
- Many farmers and gardeners are catching onto the singular goal of getting forms of carbon into the soil. because they know the fungus network depends on it to grow.
- The grandfather of these changes took his money from other ventures and put it into reclaiming ruined agricultural land - J. I. Rodale, who looked like an angry Old Testament prophet. The great grandfather is British - Sir Albert Howard, and the Queen of England follows these principles in her own private gardens.
|Tiny insects pour from Clethra when disturbed.|