Welcome to the Fall/Spring 2018 Session.
Inspired by EAM and JaneB's summer cruise metaphor, I thought we could use a metaphor for this session, too, but I had trouble thinking of a new one that would work well for us. So I thought we might return to one that we played with for a few weeks last spring: the garden plot.
To that end, as you begin this session, you might think of it as a garden that you are planting or tending. Or perhaps you even have a whole farm. Things to consider: How ambitious will you be? What will you plant? Are you planting trees that won't bear fruit for several years? Are you planting some fast-growing flowers to cheer you along the way? Are you going to allow some things to go fallow for a while? Are you going to gather and save some seeds for the future (that have been gleaned from a previous harvest)? Are you going to have orderly raised beds with clear labels, or are you going to let things grow a bit wild, hoping and praying for some healthy volunteers?
Also important: What pests do you anticipate, and how will you prevent them from decimating or destroying your yield? I recently saw an episode of Fixer Upper in which Jo Gaines planted a huge garden and built a lovely--I mean, really lovely--garden house on her property. Around the entire perimeter of the garden, she built (or made Chip build) a chicken run so that the chickens could be a "force field" against the grasshoppers that wanted to eat her plants. Do you need a force field of chickens or some extra special Bugge Spraye?
As usual, feel free employ the metaphor if it works for you. If not, you can always do your check in with whatever commentary or analysis that you choose.
For this week, to get us started, please provide the following:
- An introduction
- Some thoughts on the topic (optional)
- Session Goals
- Goals for the Coming Week
I am excited to see what fruit this session will bear!