Posts in Nature
Seasonal Cultivation : Awakening of Insects

Wednesday, March 6th, is the start of the Awakening of Insects seasonal node, the third node of the year. This is the next segment of Spring, and although over the last two weeks weather has been particularly chilly, we're starting to see buds setting on trees. During Awakening of Insects we undo stress and strain. The mental pattern associated with Spring, is anger. If you are prone to anger it is suggested to begin a contemplative practice to provide balance.

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Seasonal Cultivation : Rain Water

 Tuesday February 19th, was the beginning of the second seasonal node of the new-year and the new Spring –“Rain Water.”  We’ve been experiencing rain, snow - mix of both, typical of this time of year. Thus true to the name of the node, there is more moisture in the environment. During Rain Water the expansion of Yang in the natural environment continues. So, while days can still be cold, we are definitely experiencing up and down in temperatures.

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Seasonal Cultivation : The Beginning of Spring  

This time of year, the Beginning of Spring, is when the Yang influences are growing in the natural world. By now we are only about 6 weeks away from the Vernal Equinox , one of the times of year where the Yang and Yin are balanced and we have more equal day and night. Even with cooler weather lingering the days are getting longer and the songbirds are singing earlier in the morning.  The increased activities in the natural world are also reflected in the names of the shorter 5 day segments that make up Beginning of Spring – The East Wind Liberates From Icy Shackles, Hibernating Insects Begin to Stir, and Fish Rise Up to the Ice.

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Natural Cycles : Timothy Hay Update

My how our Timothy Hay has grown! Remember the little green sprouts from 7 weeks ago?  Take a look now, and we are on our third harvest! Chickens, baby Chicks, and our rabbits have been eating well this spring, They literally jump and shriek when they see me arrive with the basket.

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NatureDiane Mayer
Natural Cycles : Comfrey

Comfrey is a multi-functional plant that is popular with permaculture gardens, because it helps plants function in their own mini eco-system and improve the soil quality. We've planted it around the farm for this very reason!

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NatureDiane Mayer
Natural Cycles : Timothy Hay

The little green sprouts are those of Timothy Hay. We planted the seeds in October and it started pushing it’s way through the frozen soil 3 weeks ago. Brave as can be! We use Timothy Hay around the farm as food and bedding for the rabbits, little did we realize the other benefits of this tiny green gem!

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NatureDiane Mayer
Seasonal Cultivation : Spring  

As we are closer to the Spring Equinox and the traditional Western start of Spring, we start to see lots of green sprouting everywhere. But Spring starts much earlier than we may realize, and even Spring has mini-season's within her that are truly remarkable little periods where Nature is waking up and ready for brand new beginnings!

 
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NatureDiane Mayer