For those who missed the recent Revolutionary Gardens conference in Michigan, here are a few lessons I was lucky enough to take home:
- Compost is king. It is at the root of all healthy and productive gardens.
- Good records are gold! They’ll help you repeat your successes and learn from the even greater number of “failures.”
- “Failures” are learning opportunities in disguise. Thomas Jefferson recorded far more of them in his logbooks that he did successes. Yet look at how highly regarded he is in both his gardening and his governance wisdom.
- Trends we see as new in gardening today, really have deep and far-reaching roots in our past history.
- Understanding and respecting our individual garden sites is critical to their and our sustainability.
- In prior generations, small farmers were elemental to making and keeping our nation strong. We must not forget that. Be an active part of keeping the locavore movement alive and strong. (Hint: Buy local produce if you don’t grow it. Support your local independent bookstores. They do the most for helping authors bring you new avenues of knowledge and pleasure.)
- Gardening empowers us. Home growing can make us food self-sufficient. It is in it’s way really a political statement that has the potential to greatly relieve us of our reliance on “big oil.”
You’ll find more in-depth information by reading a real gem — The Fruit and Fruit Trees of Monticello by Peter Hatch.