Friday, 8 February 2008

KNOW YOUR PLANTS

"The best fertilizer is the farmer’s shadow.”

Have you ever really looked at the plants in your garden? Could you, for example, without going outside, accurately draw a tomato leaf or even your favourite lettuce leaf ? If blind-folded could you differentiate between the feel of the leaves of Tuscan kale and silverbeet? Or parsley and carrot tops? Could you tell, by scent, an orange blossom from a lemon blossom? Do you know if the leaves on a capsicum stem are opposite each other or offset? Which is smoother - an eggfruit or a tomato or a capsicum? How does the feel of an eggplant trunk differ from the feel of an okra trunk? In a line-up could you pick the exact colour of a particular vegetable part that you see everyday in your own garden? We all love the tastes of home-grown food but could you close your eyes and tell which lettuce you are eating or which tomato ?

Do you know your plants or do you just know about your plants ?

2 comments:

Pattie said...

Kate: You just gave me some great ideas for what to do with the kids at Open Garden! Thanks!

Deb said...

Good thoughts Kate.
I was brought up with "farmers footsteps are the best fertilizer" As walking around you use all your sences.
I have a great book called 'New Eyes For Plants' about observing & drawing plants.Brian Keats puts out a good chart to help identify various parts.
Steiner says the most important sence for farmers is that of smell.
Try walking around your garden/farm in the dark I find it realy enlightening.
I'm at the library & my time is up so must go.