“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

Messy Gardens, Canine Nurses, and Little Smiles

 I am not one of those people who have beautiful gardens year round.  If you visited the farm in the winter time you would be sorely disappointed with the appearance of the gardens.  I am not one of those who clears out summer's dead growth in autumn so that the gardens remain manicured.

No, instead, I just allow all of the skeletal remains of Summer's blossoms to sit, undisturbed, until just before gardening season in the very, very late of winter.  There are two reasons for this.  One: because by the end of the summer gardening season I am ready for a rest.  Two: and most importantly, we leave all of the old seed heads to remain throughout the winter so the the birds have more to forage.

Allowing the billowy seed fronds of the tall grasses to remain offers yet another type of food for nature's winged beauties.

And yes, we have many bird feeders that are well stocked year round - but it is also important for the birds to be able to round out their diets by foraging.

And so, our landscaping - neglected for six months of the year - will remain thus until the snows and harsh winter winds have all but gone.  

At that time, I will cut down all of last summer's growth and prune the...

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