"One Straw Revolution"

"One Straw Revolution" by Masanobu Fukoka is a book less about farming—as I had expected—than philosophy. It's more than a bit theoretical and assumes a foundation of knowledge uncommon among contemporary American readers. Reading it was helpful for me, though, in understanding the natural processes through which plants propagate, how human intervention fits into the picture and, most significantly, when our input is best minimized.
Having finished the book not long ago, a light went off in my head when I found these small, tightly grouped seedlings (variety unknown) planted by a bird who had used our raised bed as her WC.

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