The Circle Garden
Celtic Guard-In of Vegetables inside, and Herbs as Guardians around the perimeter, outside the fence. The circle being one of our most natural and primal symbols: sun, moon, earth, wheel of the year, cycles of life, etc… Known and respected by ancient tribal shaman and cultures around the World.
So I asked: “Why do we not have more Circular, or Round gardens?” It seemed like the answer was not because of any natural reason, but rather due to our artificial applications to our evolution, that are not always congruous with other natural elements. Square or Rectangular gardens or farm fields are by far, the normal standard; and this development is historically parallel to rectangular architectural convention as well. Once wood is cut and straightened in lumber mills for boards, as a rectangular object it is necessary to make building easy with right (90 degree) angles. However, if wood is left more in it’s natural rounded state (the sides of a branch), then our designs are different to accommodate that practicality. I began to see our lack of rounded landscape features as ignorance, and part of our stubborn opposition to the strongest Natural form. Indeed after years of working the garden, it is not only easier to work soil within rounded edges by hand tools, but it is more spiritually rewarding to me, and therefore I enjoy it more.
This garden is organic. We make loads of compost on the property, wheeled or brought by shovel or bucket over to supplement the garden soil. Perennials dominate the garden, keeping it alive automatically every year. Some perennials are evergreen, while others simply die back, to regrow from roots, bulbs, or seeds every Spring. Water is mostly supplied naturally by rain, or rain catchment systems. Additional water (especially during droughts) is supplied by conserved town water. Upside-down reused glass bottles of water saturate the soil for hours. Most of the garden is from volunteer plants now, re-established and perpetuated annually during growing seasons. Otherwise organic store-bought seeds or seedlings are purchased. As seedlings grow, I use mulch from the yard or neighborhood: cut lawn grass in bags, leaves raked from last Fall, old cardboard weighed down, and fallen bark from dead wood. Before Winter comes I have harvested various amounts of: garlic leeks (lemon grass), chives, basil, peppermint, rosemary, lavender, sage, mullein, lambs ear, lambs quarters, wild mustard lettuce, wild spinach, dandelion, tomatoes, green peppers, sun flowers, squash, cabbage, chard, spinach, lettuce, kale, etc… most of which flowers and produces seeds by the end of the year, even after cutting some of the leaves of the plant.