Garden's for a Future


The Aquaforest
November 23, 2010, 4:46 am
Filed under: Gardening, Patterns in Nature

Water is essential for life.

In nature, fresh water comes as a form of precipitation: rain, snow, sleet, hail, etc. As it percolates into the soil, water finds it way into tributaries and joins major river systems. Back in the day, these systems provided for all of life: fish, animals, people, insects, fungi, and so on.

Today, these systems are over-saturated with industrial products. However, I believe the change from pollution to a solution is possible.

Aquaponic systems hold a promising alternative to fish and vegetable production. In my opinion, the aquaponic system is a miniature forest. There is no waste or contamination. Instead, everything is a resource. Water is continually recycled, and nutrients are contained. The downside to these systems is the use of a electrical pump and potentially a controlled environment to ensure growth all year round. Controlling the environment can be done self-sustainably if planned correctly; however, I believe another alternative.

Mankind is co-creating forest ecosystems today. Water systems cannot be that different. Succession occurs in all ecosystems. If we can create an artificial environment for fish inland, it can be done off land with the aide of Nature.

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Free Labor to Help Maintain Your Garden
March 17, 2010, 3:49 am
Filed under: Gardening, Patterns in Nature
Most gardens require routine maintenance and labor that add up to countless hours in the back breaking sun plus a good sum of money. From plowing, fertilizing, and planting, maintaining a yard or a garden can end up being a huge investment of time and energy for most people. After all the sweat that is invested in mowing the yard or raking the leaves, we are doomed to the same tasks every year.

The solution is to stop. It will take care of itself if you leave it alone.

Think for a moment what happens in the natural world. Does grass grow tall forever? Do leaves pile up to make the largest piles ever?

Over time, the landscape of your front lawn or back yard evolves to become a natural forest. The grass eventually dies off and is replaced by small shrubs and taller weeds. Trees then start to shade out the smaller plants and show their dominance over the landscape. The leaves that are shed decompose back into the soil adding to the fertility of the land.

By taking the same patterns from nature, people can learn to create landscapes with minimal maintenance. Perennial plants will regrow year after year eliminating the need to replant. Some annuals disperse so many seeds into the surrounding area that they tend to replant themselves.

Working with nature has limitless rewards that are free.

To begin the process, it helps to listen to the land and observe the natural environment. The patterns in nature have evolved over millions of years. Take advantage of it.

It’s free labor at its best.