Patty at Tanglewood Farms linked with a BBC / You Tube video called A Farm For The Future It presents a wonderful argument for the permaculture method (or no dig or lasagna method). It also presents it's opinion on "peak oil" theory. (Thanks Patty!!!)
It's about 5 segments long so give yourself a bit of time to watch it. Even though I don't "farm", I still hope to become a competent gardener so the logic still applies.
My biggest "lightbulb" moment was when it showed a video from 20 years ago and compared it to today. In the video, the farmer's tractor was plowing...turning over a farrow of newly turned earth in preparation for planting. The 20 year old video showed lots of birds behind the plow feasting on the bugs and worms exposed from the newly turned earth. It then showed the same field being plowed 20 years later. No birds. The soil was dead. The only way a farmer could get a crop was by adding the fertilizer. And then of course the fungicides/herbicides/insecticides...A vicious cycle indeed. All the good things Mother Nature can provide naturally is out of the picture completely.
The other lightbulb moment was when they visited a couple of "woodland" gardens. Letting Mother Nature do her thing, these folks would plant their veggies in and amongst the woodland scrub. You can't grow grain this way but it made sense to me to allow the veggie plants to do what they do and to NOT try to "harness" them by constricting their natural behavior.
Most people would look at my backyard and see my efforts to have a "tidy - organized" garden as the "proper way" of it.
Perhaps I need to "loosen up" and let things go a bit "wild" in my backyard. I've already discovered that raised beds don't do so well in the heat of summer down here. I'm also suffering from a lack of shade. Now that's a weird thing to say isn't it? Most gardeners WANT sunshine and nothing but sunshine. But too much sun kills around here. My garden has been "kaput" for over a month now. This is prime growing time and it's being wasted.
There's got to be a better way.
I'm thinking I just might plant a few more trees this fall.