Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Art of Nature

When I was around 11 or 12 years old, I found a quiet spot in the woods behind my house in up(ish)state New York. I cleared out all the fallen brush and branches and leaves and smoothed out about a 8 foot area. I built a bench out of the stuff that was there and a matted area of leaves. It was quite serene. I spent a good amount of time there reading or meditating (though, back then I didn’t realize I was meditating).

I remember reading something about someone saying that two things that were wonderful about the twenties through the fifties were the humanity and the style. He meant the emotional and not necessarily the physical. As in, “Man, you got style!” I submit to you that we can easily have all that again. Zoot suit optional.

I’ve seen some absolutely beautiful designs made using recycled, repurposed and reused materials and supplies. Everything from vertical gardening walls inside your home to roof top pools heating, aerating, and re-circulating rain water. All done with style and with ‘style’. And all done with humanity in mind as well.

In my opinion, one of the most beautiful things about nature is the growing things. Here is a search page filled with pictures of all types of indoor vertical gardening ideas. Some of the most wonderful art in today’s world is that which copies nature. I say we can easily skip the middle man and grow our own art.

One of the ideas I’ve been toying with is refurbishing an old spice rack to grow fresh herbs in my kitchen. We have aloe growing in our living room and I am in the process of building a seeding table for our bay window. I also have tomatoes growing in my office. These are only a few ideas for indoor ‘artful growing’.

Meanwhile, back in the yard, we will be growing beans and peas along one fence and grapes on another. We’ll also be growing clematis flowers on a fence and some type of vine veggie on a repurposed box spring frame. In addition to all this, our garden this year will be growing out of straw bales. While we live on a half acre, our front yard is a ‘postage stamp’ in comparison and we will be growing flowers and additional herbs there along with using “moss graffiti art” gratuitously throughout the entire property.

One thing to always remember, you are out to impress and provide for yourself and your family first, neighbors second. Use your imagination. Use all resources ~ Craigslist, Freecycle and any number of other local classifieds out there. You can simply browse these sites or you can post a request for certain items. Above all else ~ enjoy yourself!

As time goes by, I will share pictures of what we do with you all.

Now, I would like to thank you all for reading and I hope you have had a grand time. It has taken a full year but I have now reached just over three thousand pageviews. That averages out to about eight views per day, which is not a lot at all but a milestone for me. I can’t do any of this without you. Give yourselves a round of applause because in addition to allowing me to share, you are at least making an attempt to better the future.

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  1. I agree with everyone needing their "spot". It would do so much good for everyone if they just unplugged from the world for a few moments each day to reflect, meditate, plan and just breath in life and energy:) Good post, I really enjoyed this.

  2. I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award! Swing by my page to pick it up :)