My initial thoughts was how was I going to introduce new ideas and then gain commitment to the changes in garden design and soil management when the same practices had traditionally been in place for over 10 years.
I just keep thinking of a saying from a psycology text book "Traditions are easier to change than someone's values "
Traditionally we used no pesticides , herbicides , chemical fertilizers. Multinational Agracultural companies were able to change this tradition in the early 1950's which has proven to be a change for the worse !!!
So why couldn't I change a tratition of bare soil farming and no mulching when these techniques have proven to be good for the Earth, the People and provide Abundance.
The key to the change was the pH soil testing, it is such a visual display of colour and the netural range is a healthy leaf green , isn't that what we all want to see in a plant ? The Gardners I work with are very proud of their gardens and know when something is not right it was explained to me " If my plants do not look happy I am not happy" and there are unhappy plants. A soil with a pH of 10 explains it all.
The commitment has been amaxing with a garden bed being retrofitted every day now. I also explained how by redesigning the widths of the beds to be two arm spans wide would also help in the ease of maintaining the beds and benefit the soil by not compacting it through walking on it .
The use of the kitchen waste has also increased especially the fish frames . As all beds canot be retrofitted at once the gardners suggested digging holes in existing beds and fill with fish waste ... It is so encouraging how now they are suggesting strategies to improve soil .
We are all Happier !!!