The better the garden grows, the less it needs my direct input. Plants know better than me how they want to grow and will do what they want.
They can move to a point of being more than sustainable by themselves. Plants aren’t thinking of being ‘sustainable’, they are just living. Make life good for them and they will provide.
It’s now a game of watching what happens and encouraging what I think the garden needs and apply a little pressure in the direction that I think things should go.
A little extra water, a tip prune here and there, even a little hand pollination is sometimes in order. The job becomes easier and that’s especially good now the hot weather is here.
In the next installation, we’ll look at the garden from a systems perspective and discuss some of the planning behind it.