You do what you can; you start where you are.~character Althea Tibbs, In the Heat of the Night
I feel like I've just emerged from a dense fog. Most know I've been taking the Permaculture Design Certificate course from Oregon State. It's been an intense, yet enjoyable time under the tutelage of Andrew Millison, Marisha Auerbach, and my reader Tao Orion. I've just completed the first draft of my final design project (for my farm) and I thought I'd take a minute to share a few thoughts.
Discard the excuse of "until."We'll all used it.
"I can't start farming until I have some land."
"I can't start plants from seed until I have a greenhouse."
|Looking forward to her return!|
You get the idea. So, let's look through the until to the reality.
What can you do now?
If you have no land, rent (or, even better, borrow) some. If you can't rent or borrow, grow in containers on your patio or porch. If you cannot grow it in a container under controlled conditions, you surely can't grow it in a field where conditions are far from controlled.
If you don't have a greenhouse, build one with shelves, fluorescent lights, a timer, and shower curtains for inside use. Shop garage sales, discount stores, your junk drawer, thrift shops. It can be done inside far more inexpensively than you think. My little greenhouse--shelves inside my garage--will have to last several more seasons before I can afford anything bigger.
If you don't have a tractor for XXXX crop, grow something else you do have the equipment for. Don't forget to do your market research, however. There's nothing more frustrating than growing something nobody wants to buy.
|This oregano survived the harsh winter in an overgrown bed. |
I wish I were as determined!
So, Althea's rule (which sounds a lot like an Arthur Ashe quote) is guiding me forward.
What about you? Which untils keep you from living your Savory life?