Just a quick update on this blog - The desire to write something serious, something complete, on this blog still gnaws a bit. But the time, the time!
For the square meter gardening bit, well I'm a fan--as the substantial initial investment proves. Everyone snickers of course and the neighbors declare themselves bien curieux at the potential to nourish an entire household with four boxes (to note- my better half has claimed two boxes for flowers, not that I'm entirely dissatisfied by the idea). I will report back on the "return on investment" side of things come winter but we're landing at about 1300 francs including a good few year supply of organic heritage seeds from a Swiss seed farm.
Then the path of chunked wood chips was laid down today, certainly the biggest draw for the neighborly gaze thus far, but I am glad about the results. A physical path to represent and more importantly call one back to the paths of practice, ethics, generosity, compassion, engagement, one of those paths we are on, whatever its specificity. It doesn't hurt to recognize the symbolic dimension of our gestures at times.
So one could be reminded in speaking of paths, of Thich Nhat Hanh saying, "There is no way to the path; the path is the way". While I can't claim perfect mindfulness, a life long effort, in all activities in the new garden, all of the conditions--from the soft woodchip path to the new space for the house's children to the regular double chime, about 15 seconds apart, of two nearby church bells.
So there's a quick report on preparing the conditions for a bountiful summer ahead of vegetables and flowers, a simile between practice and path.