Gardening Articles for week ending 7th APRIL 2018
Written by Wally Richards. 


Have you every thought about what is your most valuable earthly procession? 

After some thought you may come up with your health and yes that is a very valuable procession to have good health and maintain it for a very long time but I think it is second most important.

You might say your loved ones but they are not processions as they cant be owned.

Things become more valuable the less there are of them and overtime they will increase in value.

Example would be say diamonds, little small bits of them that decorate rings adding up to a gram have a small value but a very large diamond has eminence value. 

The largest cut diamond is: The Cullinan diamond is now mounted on the head with sticks Cross, and is the largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found, at 3,106,75 carat with 621.35 g. 

Polishing stones from the largest gems named Cullinan I or Star Africa First, and at 530.2 carats (106.0 g).The price of this diamond is about $ 400 million.

Its value is only hypothetical because if you happened to be the last person on the planet and you had this diamond I am sure you would swap it for some food and water as they would be far more valuable to you at that time.

I am going to suggest to you that the most valuable procession you have is that bit of earth where you live and have control over. It is likely to be a fairly fertile bit of earth and is able to grow plants without much problem as the weeds growing there will tell.

The point to realise is that your bit of fertile dirt is increasing in value every year because there is less and less fertile dirt every where else in the world.

From the Internet: The world has lost a third of its arable land due to erosion or pollution in the past 40 years, with potentially disastrous consequences as Global demand for food soars, scientists have warned.

New research has calculated that nearly 33% of the world’s adequate or high-quality food-producing land has been lost at a rate that far outstrips the pace of natural processes to replace diminished soil.

The University of Sheffield’s Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, which undertook the study by analysing various pieces of research published over the past decade, said the loss was “catastrophic” and the trend close to being irretrievable without major changes to agricultural practices.

The continual ploughing of fields, combined with heavy use of fertilizers, has degraded soils across the world, the research found, with erosion occurring at a pace of up to 100 times greater than the rate of soil formation. 

It takes around 500 years for just 2.5cm of topsoil to be created amid unimpeded ecological changes. (Thats just an inch in 500 years)

Now you can see why your bit of dirt is likely to be yours and your family's most valuable procession?

Here is another stat from those that know: 

It (viable soil) decreased from 0.38 ha in 1970 to 0.23 ha in 2000, with a projected decline to 0.15 ha per person by 2050. potentially arable land. ... on 80 percent of the arable land. 

Irrigated agriculture produces 40 percent of the world's food crops on the remaining 20 percent.

We see this in NZ where high density cropping/farming over a few years has changed fertile soil that was alive with microbes and soil life to inert soil lacking in life and only producing crops/grass because of high fertilser rates. 

Its like a hydroponic system in a sense, where plants are forced to grow in a high chemical environment making for weak unhealthy plants that are attacked by every pest and disease under the sun. (Cattle detest the poor quality grasses.)

To ensure that the plants look good on the Supermarket shelf's they are sprayed regularly with toxic chemicals to kill all the pests and diseases. In some cases such as Cucumbers (so the NZFSA tables tell us) 23 different chemical sprays are inside that cucumber you are going to eat with your salad.

Then one chemical which is called glyphosate is not even tested for.. Its going to be in there as well if the grower sprayed weeds before planting within about the last 12 months.

New study says most wines now have been contaminated with glyphosate as many vineyards spray weeds between rows with the chemical. Dean Martin would turn in his grave.

Now if you own valuable processions such as expensive rings or a collection of gold coins you would do all in your power to ensure their safety. Such as you would buy a fire proof safe, bolt it to the floor and place your valuables inside. Safe from fire and burglary. 

The value of the contents of your safe will vary with time, and if disaster happened they maybe useful to buy you some food and water to survive for a while. 

But once they are gone you have a problem.

Your bit of dirt is another story, if it is healthy and growing plants nicely you can increase its value every year by promoting its health. 

This means it will grow healthier plants every year and if disaster happened you have the means to supply yourself with a continuous supply of food.

If there is no disaster you have an even bigger advantage as your crops of home grown food is going to keep you fitter, healthier and younger looking for as long as you garden.

Just about every week I have the privilege of talking to people in their 90's by phone from all over New Zealand. These very senior citizens have all their marbles, strong clear voices, are very active, grow 

a lot of their own food and are happy. 

Their only dread is not being able to continue as they are and have to go into a rest home or village.

I seldom ever get a phone call from anyone in a rest homes or a village.

It is a fact that people that grow as much of their own food in a natural manner, are far healthier and younger (in all ways) than those that do not.

Their most valuable possession is their land, raised gardens and containers.

They have learnt one of the most valuable lessons one can every learn during their life time.

Look after your Land and your Land will look after you.

Chemicals and poisons should be banned which includes chlorinated water.

Natural products such as Wallys Earth Builder, BIO MARINUS™ Liquid Fish Fertiliser and BioPhos all of which will add beneficial microbes to your soil; as will animal manures (fresh if possible)

Minerals should also be added by using Rok Solid, Ocean Solids and Magic Botanic Liquid.

Mycorrcin and calcium is also a must to increase the bio-activity in the soil.

In a season you can greatly increase the value of your most valuable procession.

There is no other investment on the planet that is going to give you a higher return.

Health, Youthfulness and Happiness as there is great pleasure in working in the soil and Nature.

As one 96 year old gardener said to me during the week, 'If I didn't have my garden I would die.' 

As the stupidity of your fellow mankind in their greed, destroy their land trying to eek out the last dollar they are inadvertently increasing the value of your fertile land; yearly. 

Take a plot of about 10sqM and you can grow sufficient food towards about half of one persons needs each year. Smaller or larger areas supplemented with containers or raised gardens you are talking lots of food. Add in a glasshouse and you are very rich indeed.

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Actually....our most valuable possession ...

our only possession.....

is this very  moment.

Nice to see you VL

The now, in this moment... but then where is the planning/manifestation for the future?  My garden wouldn't grow ...

Hi Rose.....Yes.....I've become a lurker.  

There are topics which are inappropriate for this forum which I ultimately could not ignore.  The process of learning everything possible about our reality suggests investigating all topics then stepping beyond facts to find truth.  The deeper it goes, the more fuzzy it gets!

Roadblocks  inhibiting this search include all the usual suspects: EMF's, GMO's, vaccines, fluoride, etc.  From inside humanity's imposed ignorance which is only surpassed by the implanted arrogance, we are each challenged to broaden our definitions of what is.

That's my story and I'm sticking with it!  

Warm wishes to you and yours and all who venture here.

Can't wait to get my broccolis goin for winter crop, last 3 yrs they done real good so hope it keeps up but will see one day at a time of course. Its the interaction with the earth and the plants which feeds me well before I even pick anything to put on my plate.


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