“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Life in Balance

It's an incredibly rainy day as I sit and write this (Thursday),
so forgive me for waxing philosophical.


I have been filling my head with garden plans...
this year's plantings will be done with more intention than in the past.

I am trying companion planting this year.
That is... planting certain species with certain other species as a way 
of giving them a more symbiotic relationship.


Certain plants help protect other plants from pests.


And some species encourage a healthier growth of other species.
Nature has a natural order... a balance.


My source for planning this year's layout is this book:


It's fascinating... and I am learning so very much.
I am hoping that this year will be the best garden year yet.
If it is not, it certainly will not be from a lack of trying!


Here is where the philosophical takes over...
(blame the rain)



I read, yesterday, that the EPA has rolled back its ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos.
The EPA had initiated a ban on this Dow Chemical produced pesticide
due to health risks in children.  By November of 2017 it was to finalize this ban.
However, the EPA in it's present de-regulating frenzy has decided to allow this
chemical to be used by our agricultural industry.

Another...

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