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 example is this country's use of neo-nicotinoid pesticides (produced by Bayer).
These pesticides were banned by the European Union because of the potentially harmful effect on honey bees.
The United States continues to use them.
Needless to say, I am heart-sick.
It is time for a paradigm shift in our agricultural system.
The same principals that we apply to small, organic, family farms must be somehow adopted by our agricultural industry.
Rather than continuing to grow huge farms of monoculture (corn or soy, for the most part)...
we need to plant a variety of crops together.
Rather than plant miles and miles of nutrient-stripping corn and then fertilizing with chemicals
and spraying with pesticides...
wouldn't it be better to plant crops with the corn that provide natural pest protection,
and other plants, such as beans, that replace the nutrients taken from the soil by the corn?
Our earth is much like our own bodies... it requires a delicate balance to survive.
It's time we pay attention and honor that delicate balance.
Survival and good health are essential.
Large greedy chemical corporations such as Dow and Monsanto
(producer of the herbicide Round-Up)
could care less about either of these.
Things won't change, however, until we all demand that change.
Boy, I sure hope the sun comes out again soon.
And after this blog post, I am sure you do, too!!!
(Today's photos were taken from previous years' gardens.)