There’s Beauty to Savor Now
The first step for us in creating this new garden is born of necessity: In a word, that step is clearing. That means trimming, cutting, pruning, mowing, and sawing all the overgrown limbs and weeds. Thanks to at least a half dozen trips to our local hardware store, we have been delighted to find affordable battery- and muscle-powered tools. The hand tools, including a wrought iron broad fork and other copper-forged tools, are humbling. Their use requires a level of efficiency I am learning rapidly.
The difference in ambiance with wildlife is definitely worth it, and our goal is to keep its habitat as undisturbed as humanly possible.
In these early, long days, it is also imperative to stop and smell the roses — or peonies or azaleas. We do have some grand plans for the property; however, the journey will not be an easy one. Digging in the first bed only to hit rocks and several years’ worth of grassroots is a tough pill to swallow. However, if we are able to look around and feel at peace, then the hard parts, or rocky parts, don’t seem too tough.
Included are photos that reveal the beauty of what is already here, as well as the early makings of a rock-terraced garden.
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This week’s “Conversations with Dr. Cowan and Friends” podcast features Mike Benziger. Mike is the founder of the Benziger Family Winery and owner of Glentucky Family Farm in Glen Ellen, Calif., where he has farmed his ranch on Sonoma Mountain using the most eco-friendly methods available, including biodynamics, for more than 30 years. In the past several years, Mike has turned his full-time attention to growing vegetables and medicinal plants on his beautiful property. We were thrilled when Mike joined Dr. Cowan’s Garden as one of our key growers; a large portion of his farming activities are now devoted to growing ashitaba, summer savory and dandelion for our company.
Fall is a great time for planting and gardening. Once the weather starts to cool off a little bit and before any serious cold or frost hits I take every moment I can to be outside doing something productive.
Beauty and art play an integral role in gardening regardless of the garden's purpose. Even in the most pragmatic of settings beauty is still necessary; pollinators are naturally attracted to consistently flowering gardens. Bees will even create associative routines to help remember where the nice flowers are thus helping your cucumbers, apple trees, or pumpkin plants to produce more fruit. Perhaps more importantly, focusing on beauty for most people will help to make the garden more inviting and enjoyable in addition to more productive.