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Alert - Endangered
Has common sense left the building?
Finally I got to PICK MY OWN! Oh what joy to get berry juice on my fingers. I spent an hour picking my own food amongst an overgrowth of nature.
Raspberries, loganberries, tayberries, boysenberries, gooseberries, red currants… I took a bit of everything as variety is essential in our diets for a larger nutrient profile.
The produce wasn’t advertised as organically grown. But seeing the wild plants growing in happy abandon with the fruiting canes I just knew this must be a natural farm. Yes, the occasional sting from a nettle or prick from a thistle as I leaned in to grab an extra large juicy berry. The pain was worth it.
The farmer confirmed what I assumed. He said that a few years back he decided not to spray or use artificial fertilizers on a small section of his fruit. For a couple of years they struggled against the pests. Each year the plants grew stronger. Once they rallied they did far better than the rest of his crop. He decided then, never to use poisons or artificial fertilizers again.
Here was a man who learned by trial and observation. The secret to survival in this world! Use your senses: eyes, ears, taste, touch, smell. And then apply sense - good old-fashioned common sense that seems to have left the building in many instances.
When I took my grandson cycling I would nag (in a rather loud screech) at him to stay to the side and stop at the intersection, et cetera. Actually I was a bit overboard with it as I have known a few young boys who have had fatal collisions out cycling. He would, in no uncertain terms, tell me to stop fussing as he was using all his senses. Somebody taught him well. What more could a grandmother ask of her offspring?
Live well and find the happy,
Merryl @ GreenSmoothie.com
P.S. I am now well sorted for breakfast for a few days. Plus, for a week or more, I have access to a greenhouse producing a handful of ripe tomatoes daily. There are also cucumbers almost ready to harvest, and strawberries outdoors. How lucky can a girl get?
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