If you haven’t read the blog ‘Creating Loving Eco-Systems -An Introduction’ yet we suggest that you do so especially if you have the intention to actually create a living system yourself.
We began these systems in 2012 and it is an on going project.
It is really important to understand that you need to have a feeling of love and put love into this project. Without love it is not going to flourish and be abundant. If you don’t desire to give love to what you are doing we suggest not to begin the project (better to look at why you don’t want to first, and do the project at another time).
Living Systems are about creating, food, habitat, moisture (water) for Bacteria, fungus, microbes, soil-based creatures (worms, ants, white ants etc), Plants that prepare the environment (weeds, trees seemingly without “purpose”) Above ground and airborne creatures (insects, spiders, etc).
They very basically consist of putting a lot of dead matter in one place and creating a decomposing (not composting) mound or hole to give all the little life creating creatures/primary recovery organisms food and a place to flourish.
If your intention is to get from the mound or hole, to take for yourself e.g. plant a fruit tree right away in it so you can eat rather than purely just wanting to create fertility in the soil you may find there are issues (this does not mean that eventually there wont be a fruit tree there that you can eat, but we need to be very honest with ourselves about why we are engaging in the projects in the first place, expectation and demands on plants and creatures causes negative results in our experience (this is a process).
Living systems are about properly preparing the soil and environment so that eventually it will be wholly self sustainable and will support all life (flora and fauna). The intention of living systems is to provide abundance to the living intelligence that knows best how to repair what is damaged – in this case the soil. Soil based living intelligence knows best how to heal, balance soil, water based living intelligence know best how to heal, balance water systems, if we create places where these primary recovery organisms have all they need to live and flourish abundantly close by then they will feel loved, not attacked and will abundantly be able to procreate and multiply which is exactly what the land needs.
These creatures are all your friends. It is only when organisms feel attacked that they can get out of balance and ‘attack’ back (for them they are only ensuring their survival). Example: when white ants eat your house they are not purposely attacking you out of spite, they are just doing their job of recycling dead matter. If you loved the white ants and had a whole heap of dead matter and gave the white ants an opportunity to create a home that they loved with abundant food and water nearby they could well leave your house alone. If we love these organisms as much as we love other creatures e.g. your cat or dog, and give them as much love, food, shelter, water as we can then they wont have reason to attack and can get on with having lots of sex multiply at a rate that is sustainable for where they live (totally in balance and harmony) and doing what they do best – recovery jobs. That will cut down your work and effort and make everyone and everything in the environment around you much happier and more plentiful. They don’t need us, we do need them and in our arrogance we often think that we don’t.
|primary soil recovery creature! These guys are truly intelligent
and completely amazing in many ways!!
Hay, debosia, damaged hay, mouldy hay, etc etc
Manure, horse, cow, sheep, any animal (note that bat and chicken are extremely strong, might need to mix these with less astringent manures), human – if vegan
windfall trees/branches etc
seeded dead weed/grass matter, lawn mowings etc
We suggest if you have a pile of wood as above to begin that as the basis of your mound, stuff the other matter, cardboard, paper, hay, woodchip, smaller sticks, manure, manure slurry – for the worms etc, what ever you have in all the holes, stuff it up tight and then cover it with manure, and finish it with hay so you have a lovely big mound of dead matter that is covered as much as possible. This can be done with tree stumps also, create the mound around them where they already exist.
encouraging what is already there – feeding a white ants nest,
adding cardboard and wood chips to encourage the
life and support it where it is.
|jostling a bale into place|
|Adding cardboard and newspaper|
|the more cardboard the better – food|
|Adding more food|
make a worm food slurry/brew water, poo,
decomposed hay, small bits of cardboard
put the slurry/brew under the newspaper in all the
holes and cracks so that there is moisture
Cover with mulch to keep moist (what a lovely ‘bug’ palace)
|moving dead matter onto the top – creating habitat and
food sources for fauna.
|Put as much matter as possible in and on top of the holes.|
cover with woodchips (optional, you could use the wood chips in the living
system or if limited supply keep them to use for mulching around the
regeneration ‘support’ plants (legumes) rather than putting it
over the top.
|Woodchip packed around the tree stumps to enable more
surface area to be available to primary recovery organisms.
(You can use hay, or any other materials you may have
|above ground (mound) living system|
The beginning of the worm ‘mound’
Bale of hay wedged into a bit of open soil
and separated to create decomposition not composting.
Primary Recovery Organisms don’t like too much heat
cut timber for the top and middle of mounds
Creating Living Systems (to improve soil fertility) was a great day learning about the earth, ourselves and how to create abundance through giving love and supporting the intelligent life systems without expectation* that support us.
Personal Note on what Eloisa learnt from creating Living Systems: I need to be like a worm hole.
* Today I learnt how much expectation I have about things giving to me in order for me to get what i want. I learnt how much demand we have and how much pressure we put on the earth rather than giving to the earth abundantly and without expectation to encourage intelligent living flora and fauna to create it’s own living self creating systems.
** This is an emotional change not just an intellectual exercise that we can think into existance. It takes us emotionally releasing the demands and expectations that we have on things to sustain us. To grow our desire to love, grow our desire to give and our desire to find out about all the intelligent life that God has created and support it purely because we desire to support it and for no other reason.
*** In my arrogance I am not always humble to this fact and try to force my way, but when it is logically explained I wonder why I thought there was any other but God’s way. Much to learn and how exciting!