TODAY’S article is about topics I mention frequently but we need to keep them alive.
We are moving into times that seem so out of the ordinary, sometimes it takes solutions that seem out of the “normal” to highlight problems.
Can you believe cicadas have already been coming out of the ground and preparing their song to mate? I haven’t heard them myself yet, but I have firsthand info that have been found on a porch and in the trees. Check your garden to see if this is the case for you.
Have you looked at the Fires Near Me website? Please do, as I think it might either surprise you, or alarm you. The whole east coast is not able to be seen for the fires that are covering the coast. I don’t have to remind you we are just in the middle of spring and as snow falls in one part of the state, fire burns down another. We are in a total fire ban, and we have just started spring.
I do not want to seem to be alarmist, however; I would like to point out some things. That it is looking like we are coming into another drought. No rain it seems until October, and we can see how brown and dry everything is. I might sound like a broken record, but we have just started spring. As we see the biggest hurricane “ever” in the Caribbean it looks as though we might end up going through our own hurricane when it comes to the fires and what this summer is going to fire at us.
After all the doom and gloom, there are two possible solutions we could start to implement: First People’s Fire Stick Farming and Peter Andrews Natural Sequence Farming.
Each farming method has a different focus, and maybe, in combining both, we could have a solution.
Fire stick farming focuses on cool fires in a pattern of design. They are cool burns, helping regenerate areas and break down fuel that can create hot and out-of-control fires.
Natural Sequence Farming focuses on the hydrology of the landscape. It looks at how the water flows and interacts with the greater landscape. The plants are the managers and water the medium. There is a whole body of info and knowledge around NSF from positive and negative pressure and water being stored in the ground and rehydrating the landscape.
These techniques might seem poles apart from each other but maybe working together we can come up with solutions to help “work with the land” rather than impose on it.