Sweet Lavender and Milkweed

March 28, 2012 at 7:45 pm Leave a comment

You will find us walking to El jardín with kitchen scraps in tow. Two doves flutter around the North entrance of our garden. El Don Domingo sweeps outside The land is beautifully wet for our wonderful storm. There is always a chance to say “wassup” to a few of the neighbors. As always, the plants remind me of important life lessons. Today is a day for established plants to flourish. It is a day for walking and cleaning in El jardín.

The life of a campesin@/gardener is a lifelong learning process. The milkweed and the sweet lavender made me reflect on botany and life. Both of these plants left El Jardín today. The milkweed fed the monarch butterflies. Yet, it also needed more space and needed to live separate from the human food plants. I look forward to planting the milkweed in a border part of El jardín.

Meanwhile, the sweet lavender required better pruning then I provided over the last year. As one learns to garden, one learns the way (the tao) the plants want to grow.I let the lavender grow too much. Then I pruned her in places that hindered her growth. The positive side of this experience is that next time I will prune her in a way that better suits her needs.

The process of caring for plants has a wonderful way of re-teaching you life’s important lessons. As I removed the plants, I remember that best teacher is EXPERIENCE. In experience, one learns the lessons in real life instead of theoretically or via another person’s story. This seems to be the only way I really learn lessons. Even though I did not master the care for these plants yet, I learned important tactics and aesthetics about their environments.

In El jardín, we consistently learn from each other, our plants, and our experiences. The lifestyle of working Mother Earth allows us to cultivate food, biodiversity, a forgiving space to make mistakes and learn. In sum, El jardin provides a sanctuary for all of Mother Earth’s creations: humans, plants, birds, insects, etc.

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