Our work and love of Mother Earth includes: irrigation, building houses, harvesting, weeding, training tendrils of our beans and squash, ETC! The sunshine showers these days, so many of us gardeners attend to the hydrating needs of our plants.
Many gardeners use furrow irrigation. The photo post from Tuesday shows you many furrows in El Jardin. As young farmers, we experiment with the land based on what we learned on our past farming adventures. In this spirit, we created our own irrigation system. This year we walked around our parcel to determine the place of each plant to approach Mother Earth differntly.
On Sunday and Monday, we scupted Mother Earth to feed and nurture our plants. Because we planted where we felt our plants should go, we cratfed the land so each plant or groups of plants grow from a basin made in the earth. Our tomatoes and squash have individual water resevoir. Meanwhile our rows of brassicas and rows of chiles turned out to be a longer, lower basin, reminiscient of one of the stages of furrow irrigation. The water then settles and soaks into our earth, nurturing the roots. Our plants grow in a good way, accept the good bestowed upon them, and fend off that which hurts them.
Our community garden offers plenty of learning opportunities. Although we used this type of irrigation system this year, we see many other irrigation types in our garden. It is helpful to learn so much from one’s neighbors. In this way we share our knowledge and experiences, so we may become better farmers and a stronger community.