As I'm just back from a time of "fallowing," I thought it would be good to move to that topic here. Besides, it is the next topic in Berry's list of what the Peruvian mountain farmers do to control erosion.
On the surface, the practice of fallowing makes little sense. For how could leaving the ground unplanted contribute to keeping soil in place? How could doing "nothing" accomplish "something"?
In truth, there's much that goes on in a fallow field. The farmer plows the soil. He may plant a cover crop to restore nutrients to the soil. Or he may let nature plant what it will. Ultimately, this improves the soil's structure, which influences how it absorbs and retains water.
I consider that to let my life go fallow at times does not mean "doing nothing." Indeed, it may entail doing something unusual, even a little wild.
Maybe, just maybe, this is what I'm doing out in my secret spot in the back yard. When the rains come and the next season for planting comes, we will see if something new and strong and restructured emerges...
Standing Seedlings Invitation: If you post something related to this Seedlings post, let me know and I'll link to you.
Pine cone photo, on the way to my Secret Spot. L.L. Barkat.
NEW LINKS TO THIS POST:
Preparing the Soul
Another Take On Silence
Five Reasons Why I Blog (or, how fallowing-in-Florida made me less serious)
NEW LINKS TO TERRACING:
Incas & Disposable Everything