A story on simple provisions - take these leaves, or the twigs, or even the compost layer in the background. So many times this year, I was desperately in need of a provision. It was just that kind of year.. and, as with each of the things you see here, I simply put out the intention that I needed them, and I kept chugging along as best as I could in the meantime. Someone wrote earlier today that permaculture has taught her patience.. A-WOmen to that 🙆 Can you relate??
The leaves - I had actually just finished putting a layer of compost on the other side of the bamboo teepees and thought to myself that I really needed a nutrient rich covering for the inside of the teepees. I put out the intention that I needed more leaves. No sooner had I thought it, I looked down in the swale where I was working and realized that I was standing on a nice batch of freshly fallen leaves! Score! So I tucked them into the teepees and gave thanks 💚 .
The twigs - very similar story. Several years ago, I needed something to really give our main garden beds a sense of completion, but I had no financial resources to put toward it. Then, I realized that our white willows had been freely shedding twigs across our property all winter. That was the start of my wattle-esque borders, and I have maintained the relationship with the willows each year, especially when I expand into new beds.
The compost - after the kind of ridonkulous weather we had pretty much this entire year, I knew the gardens needed some serious TLC before winter.. but, after said year, I was also very strapped for cash. I just kept putting the intention out there that I needed a provision, and, out of nowhere, a friend gifted me with a trunkful of really good horse manure. I composted it down with our leaves and our kitchen compost, and voila!
I have been fortunate to have simple provisions come through for me and my family all year. It really has made all the difference. Someone up there has been listening 😉 Thank you 💚