Spiritual Gardening

Imagine… having the wise Spirits of Nature advise you on:

which organic fertilizers your soil want

How to heal abused land

How to cut down a tree without trauma

How to strike a deal with the pests in your house and yard

Helpful Information About Spiritual Gardeing

Does Nature Have Rights

Author Ellen Vande Visse Rights of Mother Earth Responsibilities to Mother Earth So, what’s the biggest news regarding people’s reactions to climate change? To me, it’s the broadcast about: — thousands of common people from all over the world gathering in Bolivia to have a World People’s Summit on Climate Change. —“Change the system, not the climate.” That was the opening speech from Bolivia’s President! —a movement to establish rights for nature. Tears of joy streamed down my face. Check it out. An excerpt: “We are talking about two grand projects in dispute. On the one side is the project of capital and imperialism, which signifies looting, which signifies death, and which signifies all of the false solutions to climate …

Do Plants Respond to Your Voice

Author Ellen Vande Visse Do Plants Respond to Your Voice? The British Horticultural Society recently conducted a study at Wisley in Surrey to see if tomatoes respond to voices. A cadre of people with different voices was selected to read verses by Shakespeare and John Wyndham. Recordings of the readings were played to the roots of the plants while a control group of tomatoes grows in silence. This study follows past tests showing that plants respond to grower’s stress; i.e. if you think your plant won’t make it, it probably won’t. The results (June 2009): tomatoes that heard a woman’s voice grew 2 inches taller than those listening to a man. Do you think plants respond to your voice? I …

Declaration of the Four Sacred Things

Author Ellen Vande Visse Declaration of the Four Sacred Things The Earth is a living, conscious being. In company with culture of many different times and places, we name these things as sacred: Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. Whether we see them as the breath, energy, blood, and body of the Mother, or as the blessed gifts of a Creator, or as symbols of the interconnected systems that sustain life, we know that nothing can live without them. To call these things sacred is to say that they have a value beyond their usefulness for human ends, that they themselves become the standards by which our acts, our economics, our laws, and our purposes must be judged. No one has …

Ask Mother Nature Book Review

Author Ellen Vande Visse Book Review by conscious Palmer homesteader Alys Culhane Ask Mother Nature: A Conscious Gardener’s Guide By Ellen Vande Visse (Findhorn Press, 2009, Softcover, $14.95) Attention, gardeners of South-Central Alaska! We are served a double treat: a horticultural How-To book finally pertinent to our region, plus a spiritual guidebook for co-creating with nature. I chuckled my way through the illustrative stories this author tells on herself, because this is no technical manual. Instead, I vicariously learned both practical organic strategies that work in our cold growing season, and how to ask for divine counsel and cooperation from the soil, plants, and pests themselves. Slugs, cutworms, root maggots. Oh, the shock of discovering their devastating assault on our …

Are Trees Talking to Each Other

Author Ellen Vande Visse Are Trees Talking to Each Other? An excerpt of, “The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate — Discoveries From A Secret World” By Peter Wohlleben Chapter 3: Social Security Are my trees growing too close together? Gardeners often ask me if their trees are growing too close together. Won’t they deprive each other of light and water? This concern comes from the forestry industry. In commercial forests, trees are supposed to grow thick trunks and be harvest-ready as quickly as possible. And to do that, they need a lot of space and large, symmetrical, rounded crowns. In regular five-year cycles, any supposed competition is cut down so that the remaining trees are …

An Earth Day Blessing

Author Ellen Vande Visse Happy Earth Day, Sustainable Growers! From my heart, I want to take a moment to thank you, each and every one, for all that you do, in a million small and large ways, for our true mother, the Earth. …your respect for soil food webs, …your love of trees and plant kingdom …your willingness to investigate the links among soil, nutrition, food, and health. Blessed are those who play in the dirt! Blessed be those who recycle to their compost pile! Yay and Tra La! How to continue to do things that are Earth and nature-friendly? I say, May we all take more joyful steps toward partnering— instead of fighting— Mother Nature. All we need to …

Trees Have Social Networks, Too

The Saturday Profile By SALLY McGRANE JAN. 29, 2016 Link To New York Times Article German Forest Ranger Finds That Trees Have Social Networks, Too Mr. Wohlleben, 51, is a very tall career forest ranger who, with his ramrod posture and muted green uniform, looks a little like one of the sturdy beeches in the woods he cares for. Yet he is lately something of a sensation as a writer in Germany, a place where the forest has long played an outsize role in the cultural consciousness, in places like fairy tales, 20th-century philosophy, Nazi ideology and the birth of the modern environmental movement. Mr. Wohlleben traces his love of the forest to his early childhood, where he raised spiders …