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November 27, 2020

A Simple Winter Garden

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This may be a quieter time for you. Without all of the usual flurry of activity, what a great opportunity to garden. On the flipside, you may find yourself busier than ever. It could still be a great time for you to garden — to give yourself a 15-minute-a-day oasis when all you do is take the next step for your single container garden, or simply enjoy its progress. There couldn't be a better time for growing a little of your own food. And there are a lot of vegetables that thrive in cooler temperatures.

It doesn't have to be too much work, it's all in your approach. We suggest you get going with Gut Gardening. It is the easiest way to include nature's input and yield results that will please you, and possibly inspire you to "go bigger" next time around.


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For all of you active or aspiring co-creative gardeners who have put your summer garden to bed, you can have a winter garden too. It can be outdoors or indoors. It can be large or small. Just as you do for your summer garden, establish and activate a winter garden DDP.

You may choose to follow the steps below or have the full co-creative gardening experience using The Perelandra Garden Workbook and the added step-by-step support of the Gardening Series.


GUT GARDENING
THE SUPER SIMPLE YES-EVEN-YOU! WAY

You'll be using your guts to forge a partnership and to work consciously with nature in your garden. This is easy. No PKTT (muscle testing) to learn and no testing to do. It's just you, your gut and nature. You may begin gut gardening with your already existing garden or start a new garden from scratch. You may work with a plot of land or apply gut gardening to a flat of greens, houseplants, a container garden on your porch or anything else you have growing in soil. All you have to do is activate your gut garden by doing this simple process, then get on with your adventure.

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Step 1.
Write down the description and goals. That is, what kind of garden do you want?

Some examples:
A kitchen garden with vegetables and herbs that can provide fresh produce through the winter months for my family of four (two adults and two children ages six and ten). These are the vegetables my family won't eat and these are the vegetables my family loves: [write down each list of vegetables].
    OR
A small container garden to provide me and my partner with fresh greens through the winter months. I'd like a setup that I will be able to maintain easily with my hectic schedule that includes working full time and taking care of our many rescue animals.
    OR
An ongoing rotation of sprouts and microgreens to add nutrition to my meals through the winter months.

These are examples to give you an idea of what to include as you describe your "garden" and its goals. You're giving nature the definition, direction and purpose of your garden. This is what nature will be using when giving you the information needed to choose the plants for your garden in balance.

Have your goals written down? You're ready for . . .

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Step 2.
Find a quiet spot, get comfortable and say the following aloud:

"I want to activate a Perelandra Gut Garden for working consciously with nature and I want the following goals to be the focus of the partnership. [Read aloud what you wrote down in step 1.] I ask that all relevant input from nature be given to me through my intuition, gut instinct or any other manner that is consistent with a Perelandra Gut Garden."

You now have an activated co-creative garden and connected with an eager partner who is looking forward to working with you. Congratulations!

After saying this to nature, you may wish to say thank you.

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Step 3.
As you move on with your day and week, pay attention to the ideas and thoughts that come your way.

Nature will respond and communicate by offering suggestions and ideas in a myriad of ways. You just need to pay attention and act on those ideas. Nature will continue to work with you as you progress. You'll choose the setup, seeds and plants that jump out at you, metaphorically speaking.

Important Note
Even if you are planning a vegetable garden, nature may include flowers and herbs in order to create a more balanced garden biosphere. It may even include a vegetable you listed that your family won't eat. For an herb garden you may need to include some flowers or vegetables. To achieve balance, we can't allow ourselves to get locked in. When co-creative gardening, flexibility is key.


The Perelandra Garden Workbook, Part 1:
Introduction and Gut Gardening