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One of the perks of permaculture

October 24, 2006

(image of my cabane by KvR)
Purple basil seed heads bowing down to the ground, they may re-seed at any moment.

Inondation! K’tje tells me that tout le monde has been suffering terribly with the flooding of the allotments down in Gawd’s Own Country. My feeling is, since my garden is situated in a flood plain, it’s reasonable to surrender to the idea of the occasional inundation. Plus I have an ugly shed that could do with a bit of drifting.

(image of my cabane by KvR)
Ever since A. built it, I have been praying that a flood would come and wash this blight of vernacular architecture away. Instead the flood just caused the morning glory to flourish. L’chaim to the shed-eating morning glory!

(image of my garden by KvR)
Clearly Yves has not been tucking into the leafy greens.

But the threat of flooding is just one of the many reasons why I’m loving my permaculture garden right now. Except for the utter destruction of the vertical elements and the mysterious washing away of the calabash gourds, you can’t even tell that my garden was flooded. Some people have another word for that, I choose to call it permaculture.
It’s a method.

(image of my garden by KvR)
Mysterious absence of calabash gourds! K’tje suggests that they may have been ‘flushed’ away by the flood. Her words, not mine. I just can’t help but wonder if the threat of a calabash chandelier from Sinterklaas didn’t have something to do with their disappearance.

Thank you KvR for all of the images in this posting.

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  1. Your shed looks like it once drifted away and then was reconstructed! I hope that architectural writers are flocking to your door to discuss this important piece of post-post-inundation design!

    Comment by David Barrie — October 25, 2006 @ 7:32

  2. Hey, I’m able to take the threat of calabas-chandelier! I promisse I had nothing to do with the disappearance of yer gourds!

    Comment by Kristi — October 31, 2006 @ 13:33

  3. ; P

    LOL. FF stangen, ik weet het ook!

    Maar wie o wie?



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