The Simple Path to a High Value Garden – Transformative Gardening, Part 2

(While this article stands alone, it is part 2 of a series. Read part 1 here:Why Completely Failing at Gardening is a Sign You’re Probably a Great Gardener) The crux of our puzzle: with our completely destructive, expensive and unhealthy food system more people want and need to participate in growing food for themselves and their communities.  YET, the economics and realities of doing so rarely work out the way we envision. Our corporate food system is so heavily subsidized by taxes, exploited labor, and ecosystem destruction that we have to be really clever to complete with it on a … Continue reading The Simple Path to a High Value Garden – Transformative Gardening, Part 2

Why Completely Failing at Gardening is a Sure Sign of a Great Gardener – Transformative Gardening, Part 1

Whenever there’s a completely failed, overgrown weedy tangle of an abandoned garden, I know I’ve discovered a gifted high value gardener with true natural intelligence, just waiting to flower. It’s the surest sign there is. As I am a natural gardening teacher and Permaculture designer, these poor discouraged gardeners frequently seek me out at social gatherings for a sort of gardening confession and penance. If you listen carefully, you can hear keen insights and clever observations through their exasperated sighs, gnashing of teeth, wails of garden guilt: “It’s been two seasons since my last confession…” “I just couldn’t keep up … Continue reading Why Completely Failing at Gardening is a Sure Sign of a Great Gardener – Transformative Gardening, Part 1