Clearing out the old, and making way for the garden – by Joel Le Blanc
As I sawed away arm after arm of willow wood, something inside me shifted. I cut away branches with increased speed, and excitement. It was a bit like that feeling of throwing out old clothes. At first it’s a painful, heart-wrenching, hand-wringing affair. Then after the bullet has been bitten and the first old work shirt or pair of jeans that no longer fit are tossed aside, it becomes easier. Before you know it, a flood of unwanted clothing is pouring from dusty drawers and closet shadows and into a plastic bag.
Standing back in the twilight to inspect my job, I didn’t feel nearly as guilty as I thought I would. Those trees and their branches will be transformed into air and light, I thought to myself, which will give rise to dozens and dozens of other plants. Vegetables, herbs and fruits which will help sustain us, and make the garden full of bees, butterflies, and birds. Cutting away what is old and unnecessary is an important part of life. If you want something to grow, first you have to start with a clearing.
Joel Le Blanc
Joel Le Blanc is a freelance writer, poet and medical herbalist. He has published articles on health, alternative medicine, literature, art and food, and is currently completing a BA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Canterbury. Joel runs a blog for creative people wanting to learn more about natural and alternative medicine at The Wormwood Files.