Sometimes it’s good to pause, and consider what makes us think the way we do. I’ve recently been re-reading the anthropologist and systems theorist Gregory Bateson’s Steps to an ecology of mind (1972) which I first read in 2002. I remember that it had a significant impact on me at the time, and re-reading it has brought me to realise how much it has shaped my thinking. Continue reading
This is a comforting little book that speaks up for ‘weeds’. The author is keen to tell you about their finer points, before telling you how to manage them in an earth-friendly way – if you still want to. He describes a selection of 60 weeds common to the UK Midlands. The principles apply to many other weeds of similar habit or species, so this is not intended to be a definitive guide. It is more of a ‘spiritual’ guide; a guide to developing a mindset that recognises that some weeds have a useful place, and others do perhaps need gently dissuading if we are to achieve our gardening goals. Continue reading
Edible Perennial Gardening: Growing successful polycultures in small spaces. By Anni Kelsey, published 2014 by Permanent Publications.
This book sets out with a clear vision: “Looking towards a sustainable future when a polyculture of perennial vegetables is as familiar a feature of our gardening landscape as the conventional vegetable patch.” The book clearly traces the author’s own experimental journey towards this vision, and shares the information that she’s learned along the way. Continue reading