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Island Style Gardening and Plant-Based Living

“Repotting” by Gunilla Morris

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How hard it is to know

when the pot is too small for the plant.

Some plants need to be contained, held very close.

Others cannot be crowded.

I don’t know when I myself am too pot-bound,

lacking courage to be replanted,

to take the shock of new soil,

to feel into the unknown and to take root in it.

This drying out, this self-crowding

sneaks up on me. It seems I must always feel

a little wilted or deadened before I know

I’m too pot-bound.

This Africa violet must first be cut

and divided. The knife goes through the root.

The white flesh exposed and moist

looks as if it is bleeding.

It must have soil immediately

so the plant won’t die.

Then water. Water taken in from below.

This water must seep up into the plan

by infusion. Then comes the waiting

as the shock registers.

Days and weeks of waiting.

It will be months before a new leaf appears.

Perhaps the plant won’t make it.

So it is when the time comes for me to be cut

and divided so as to grow again.

Help me to see this not as a problem

but as a process. Help me surrender

to the growth that only comes through pain,

with division, with helplessness, with waiting.

Especially the days and weeks of waiting.

(From Being Home, by Gunilla Morris)

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Author: Carmen

Things I love: justice in all forms; flowers; locally grown food; cloth-diapering; breastfeeding; feminist theory; outdoor play; beaches; wine; Divine interventions; 4-H and coffee. Things I loathe: racism; homophobia; toxic crap; misogyny; litterbugs; the zombie apocalypse and pitbull-haters. My formal education is in sociology, gender studies, and public policy. I'm also a Lactation Educator; 4-H Youth Development coordinator a Certified Master Gardener and a graduate of a Permaculture Design Course. I've been blogging for several years on dozens of topics- everything from women's health to breed-specific legislation. But the thing I like to write about most is my gardening, food adventures and my kids. So there you have it. Please be kind. Thanks.

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