This post is part of the Garden Share Collective (GSC), a group of gardeners from around the world who photograph and write about what they are growing each month. Each month the GSC has a theme and the theme for September is PHILOSOPHY.
As I thought about this month’s GSC theme, I realised that there are several different ways to look at gardening philosophy.
The most obvious is to think about how we approach gardening in a practical sense. For example, am I a conventional gardener, an organic gardener, a permaculture enthusiast or someone who takes the biodynamic approach?
But the more I thought about it, the more I realised that my gardening philosophy is less about labels and styles, and more a manifestation of my general attitude to life.
Last January I decided that my word for 2016 is simplicity. I wanted to discard all that was meaningless and superfluous in my life and focus on that which is fundamental and important. Since then I have cut caffeine, joined a gym, taken up yoga, lost a few kilos and reduced my sugar intake.
What does simplicity in the garden mean to me?
It means only growing things my family likes to eat.
It means ignoring fads.
It means using chooks to eat up spent crops, prepare beds and provide fertiliser.
It means doing as much as I can as a full-time working mother, and not feeling guilty about weeds and other imperfections.
It means knowing that I have enough and sharing my excess.
It means having a garden that restores and nourishes but is not so ambitious that it overwhelms and becomes a burden.
What is your gardening philosophy?
Today was our first warm and sunny Sunday in Adelaide for quite some time, a perfect day for gardening. In a burst of energy I planted out:
- bush beans
I’m currently harvesting:
As the weather warms up in October, I’ll keep an eye on soil moisture and water and mulch as necessary. I’ll train the tomatoes on their frames and stake the capsicums and eggplants as they grow.