Yesterday slipped on by without a chance to stop in and post after the weekend.
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Last summer was our first here on this property. We planted a good sized vegetable garden and enjoyed many fruits from that experience - an experience that was truly one of observation. We really had no agenda, it was a simple plan of plant great seeds in well composted soil that seems to have no less than one million earth worms and see what happens. That was it. We planted and we watched as this land revealed itself to us.
This summer was one of carefully paying attention, taking note, and truly learning all that our garden had to teach us. Recently, I came across a few words and realized I'm not alone in that feeling. That really, perhaps the greatest work we have to do in the garden, is to pay attention.
From the book, Up Tunket Road:
"... if you use the time to look and listen and feel what is going on around you, then you're learning something. And every little thing you learn will make you a better gardener the next year. Eliot Coleman calls them '1 percenters.' Every little thing you improve on combines with a few more little things - until you've improved things 10 percent or more...and that's a lot in the gardening world...
Most of it is paying attention. You can read all the best books and meet all sorts of people who can teach you a lot, but in the end it's just you in the garden trying to make sense of it all."
Be it on the mat or in the garden, we stay the course and do the work while paying deep attention, observing details, taking note... all the while growing and learning, one percent at a time.