Cultivating gardens
Kubo people of Papua New Guinea sometimes grew [Dioscorea] yams in mounds of forest litter that were made as egg-incubation sites by birds (Megapodiidae). The small yam plots were included within larger banana gardens and, in the latter, it was yams, not bananas, that took precedence in the gardening decisions of people. The technique would be viable in the absence of a larger garden. It is interpreted as an expression of an ancient pattern of small-scale plant domestication.
1. One of the ways we can begin solving our global environmental problems is by growing our own food. This puts us back in touch with the cycles of life and death -- from plant to food to offal to decay to soil to plant again. Might this be the underlying mission of sustainable agriculture?< 2. The gardener does not make the garden grow. Nature does. The gardener is an ally who prepares the soil, sows the seeds, waters, removes the weeds, placing plants in the proper relation to each other and the sun. If the gardener did not tend the garden, it would lose its unique identity and grow wild, merging completely with its surroundings to blend with the larger environment. The gardener protects the integrity of the garden by promoting growth in some areas, restricting it in others, adding compost to keep the soil fertile. The gardener observes and nurtures the interaction between the garden and environment.
Living simply
Type Classification:
D: Detailed strategies