Cultivation

…that’s the word of the day. See….look over there to the right. You might have to scroll down a bit to see it.
We have numerous gardens around the house, under cultivation. There is a patch of ground north of the house that is waiting for Dear Husband to cultivate, in preparation for veggies.
We cultivate low maintenance friends.
Raising a family could be considered the art of cultivation. You prune away bad habits, and supply your children with a healthy stream of nutrients in the form of food, ideas and experiences.
Go forth and cultivate today. You’ll be better for it, no matter which medium you choose.

14 thoughts on “Cultivation

  1. As the author of all three books on lasagna gardening: Lasagna Gardening, no digging, no tilling, no weeding, no kidding! 1998, Lasagna Gardening for Small Spaces 2002 and Lasagna Gardening with Herbs 2004, I love to see/hear folks talking about it but wonder why they don’t just drop their cultivators and start layering. It’s fast, easy, fun and uses what you may be putting on the curb.
    It’s the way Mother Nature works but faster: MN drops leaves, twigs, even whole trees and they decompose and create humus where seed drop and grow into trees and wildflowers, all without a tiller or digging not to mention double digging.
    I hope you try it, like it and talk about it. Happy Gardening, PL

  2. I have the feeling we just had a little ad there, but that’s okay. I have a couple of Pat’s books, and I can tell you that her method works.

  3. Hmmm, I tend to prefer my lasagna with a nice spicy marinara sauce, but will now have to consider a little compost on my casserole instead?

  4. nah….. “Lasagna” gardening is a method of reclaiming area from lawn to start a new flower bed. Essentially, you layer “browns and greens” to create a mini composting area, and you start by laying down wet newspaper which blocks the light, and kills off the grass. For those of us who recycle, it’s a perfect way to start a bed. I used leaves, grass clippings, some straw, some shredded paper, and older compost, but Pat gives lists of things you can use.
    So, enjoy your marinara sauce with pasta. It doesn’t go into the mix.

  5. Great figure of speech, Buffy. It struck me that in gardening I tend to focus more on weeds/pests and less on being grateful for the outcome. You have made me aware with this wee post that I can be more positive about both my life and my garden. Madly cultivating what is good, less cultivating of that which distresses me.

  6. Thanks for defining lasagne gardening. You’ve used the term, before, and I just thought you were growing the herbs that one uses in making lasagne. Silly me for not asking!
    What I’ve been doing (and it’s a slow process) is spading up a patch of ground, letting the weeds sprout, spading the ground a second time, covering with several layers of newspapers (Wall Street Journal is the best for this!), and covering the newspaper with cypress or cedar mulch (depending upon the whim of the day). About an 8″-row is left bare between rows of newspaper. The 8″-row gets planted with vegetable seeds, with rows of vegetables separated by a width of mulch the size of a newspaper (top-to-bottom measure).
    My plan is to work the mulch and newspaper into the soil at a later date and repeat the process with the 8″-rows displaced from their current positions. Or, once the whole side yard is done, I may just hire someone to come in with a rototiller (I’d love to own one and do it myself, but I have to be realistic about my physically being able to control a rototiller that is large enough to do the job!) to rototill the entire garden area. Rototilling raw clay didn’t sound like a good idea; thus, the spading.

  7. Roberta, as gardening has become more difficult, the fun has gone out of it. I needed to find new ways to do things that were as, or more, productive, but easier to do. I have a friend who swears by double digging, but those days are over for me. Lasagna gardening seems to be the answer to reclaim beds that grass keeps trying to take over. I hope you have a less frustrating gardening season this year. I’m all for enjoying it!
    Cop Car, I think you’ve created your own version of “lasagna” gardening. Have you considered layering compost over the newspaper rather than mulch? It would help to break down the clay, and enrich it, too. You can buy it by the truckload, the same way you buy mulch. I vote for hiring someone to rototil for you. We have a rototiller, and I can’t manage it.

  8. im glad someone else owned up first. i was beginning to feel i was a little dim. lasagne gardening….shes growing lasagna? thats one clever lady!

  9. I rather like the idea of likening our daily activities to cultivation. And, thinking a bit more on it, if we only cultivate decency and good, then if we reap what we cultivate, its all good. 🙂

  10. Hi, Doc! Yes, I belive that God wants us to be good care-takers (read: “gardeners”) of all that he has given us. We can cultivate land, our children, time….everything we come in contact with.

  11. no no……NO red ants or poison ivy! *G*
    Or snakes, mosquitoes…..WEEDS….and a number of other things.

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