This is a share of the Growing Healthy course developed and taught by Beverly Buckley, formerly living on a property on Mt Tamborine in Queensland. I did this course through the year of 2010-2011, developing a productive garden bed in a paddock at Glendale Farm. Since then I have had the knowledge and opportunity to help create a more productive and beautiful garden in Berowra, called Binnowee Community Garden. Beverley Buckley has given me permission to disperse this information to help others be newly creative and productive in their own spaces, creating surplus for self-sufficiency and for sharing.
I want to give credit to Beverly Buckley for her work. I share it here for no personal financial game; only to assist others to come into this space of co-creation while finding our way through this painful, chaotic time.
There are 12 modules, each designed to bring us into awareness with one of the 12 laws of the universe through the lessons with theory and practical activities to do.
Starting from the first week of September 2021, I plan to share each successive module and law of the universe in the first week of each month.
Know that I did all the learning exercises and am happy to talk to share insights and experiences.
It is your choice and responsibility to use this information for good intent.
I can help in practical ways those of you in my near vicinity.
We can help each other and share our knowledge and experiences, good and not-so good through this
Module 1 (law of purpose) - directs us to reflect on the purpose of what we do and to do some site planning
Know that I have read the entire Ringing Cedar series of books, and have the whole series in hard copy. I am reading them again now in 2021.
Module 2 (law of preparation) - gets us started with a no-dig method of growing potatoes and composting. September in Australia is a perfect month for starting potatoes.
Can you order some quality seed potatoes or use some organically grown potatoes that are sprouting, and share with others in your community?
Can you get a bulk supply of the starting materials and share the costs with others in your community?
When you have your composting systems working, you can reduce these input costs
Module 3 (law of alignment and balance) - gets us learning more about why to build and maintain balanced soil rich in minerals, variety and number of microorganisms and organic matter; and understanding the damage caused to soil by overuse of synthetic agricultural products.
Can you measure your soil pH? How does it compare with the ideal level of 6.3 to 6.8?
Observe the conditions of the leaves and flowers and fruits: what clues does this give you about what mineral(s) may be deficient?
Module 4 (law of need) - gets us understanding what our plants and trees need in order to provide us with what we want: quality food; and shows us how we can provide the needs of our productive gardens through working with nature.
We are given a method for preparing soil beds and maintaining fertility for 2-3 crops a year;
We are introduced to the principles of integrated disease and pest management;
We are reminded of the value of and important role of birds and bees in our gardens.
Module 5 (law of movement) - helps us appreciate how movement, like flow, helps us to learn from the experiences of doing activities, not just reading about them or listening to information.
We are encouraged to become aware of and pay attention to movements in the soil and around about the garden (air, water, insects, plant growth);
We are given some strategies for pest control (insects, snails and slugs);
We learn why and how to plan a sowing and transplanting of seedlings schedule if we want to sustain a yield of food from our gardens; i.e. we have to keep on keeping on with these regular activities - keep moving!