Plastic, Gardens and Drought

The replacement of lawn with gravel to save a rain shadow valley from drought is based on the principle of laying plastic down over the living earth and smothering it so that its natural creative energy is killed.Or so it seems. After only two or three years, the earth reasserts herself and begins to bury the stones.
Any decorative appeal, which was gained at great expense, is soon lost.

Things begin to look like hell.

What a lot of work it is to kill the earth. Sometimes it’s just easier to give up and grow a garden.

Dang, but a few years will nix that, too. Whew.
Best to give that up to and relax by the lake. A cool brewsky. Kids playing in the sand. Corn on the cob. Nature, you know? Nice. Here’s the corn, coming along.

Oh, crap. Of course, you don’t have to kill the earth. You can use plastic to bring her to life, too. Water, you know.

A society gardens in its own image. That’s the thing. If you want to know your country, look to its gardens.

Ouch.

6 thoughts on “Plastic, Gardens and Drought

  1. I love this! We have spoken about gardens before on your blog. This seems to express in a few images and brief commentary what you said then. My wife and I are currently pondering the opportunity to buy a field about 1 acre about 100 yards from our Worcestershire cottage. It has been pasture since we moved here four years ago. Our desire is to grow some vegetables, plant some fruit trees and to attract wildlife. We hope that the wildlife won’t eat all the vegetables!

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    • The wildlife will be very grateful!

      The fruit trees will be vulnerable. Protecting them is a great start. I envy you and your one acre field. I’m sure things will grow well there. Old pasture land should grow well. Yes, this is a repeat, this post, but, sheesh, this town is getting uglier, the more this goes on. The sad thing is that these changeovers cost tens of thousands of dollars…and people thinking they’re doing good.

      I hope your garden prospers!

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  2. Horsetails are wonderful at wrecking these plastic and stone gardens, especially if the spot was prepared by using Round-up a few times and all the competition was destroyed. cg

    On Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 10:11 PM, Okanagan Okanogan wrote:

    > Harold Rhenisch posted: “The replacement of lawn with gravel to save a > rain shadow valley from drought is based on the principle of laying plastic > down over the living earth and smothering it so that its natural creative > energy is killed.Or so it seems. After only two or three ye” >

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  3. I hate that black plastic, and I see over and over again the failure of it. I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, rarely if ever comment, but want you to know I very much enjoy – and am often enlightened by- your point of view. Thank you.

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