Sunday, July 13, 2008

Not pretty but full of goodness.

When I was younger, dad used to take me to his friend’s organic farm on the weekends. It was a real organic farm because everything there was grown without chemical. Fertiliser was made from grass, dung and other rotten stuff. Dad told me that he almost became an organic farmer himself. I like eating carrots so I don’t really mind being a farmer’s daughter... he he.

At the farm, we talked to the plants. Dad spoke to them like as if they were babies. I also talked to them like they were babies... He he. Dad is quite good at talking to things, so talking to plants is not a problem for him. He talks to his car especially when it refuses to start; to our computer when it is acting up; to the washing machine when it becomes violet; and to himself when he can’t find the tv remote. He he.

I liked talking to the cucumber plant. When you talk to them softly and leave a finger close to the end of their vines (I think that’s what is called), they will wind around your finger. But, you have to wait a while though; they are usually not in a hurry. Well, plants are never in a big hurry. He he. They are slow and cute.

I also helped to digging up and loosen the soil to make new beds for the seedlings. We poked tiny holes in the soil with our fingers for the seedlings. Once they were nicely tugged in, we gave them a shower. And, said nice things to them… He he.

Dad said that when you talk to plants nicely and with a good vibration, they will give you produce that are full of goodness. You don’t have to eat a whole lot of them to be full. We used to take fruits and vegetables back from the farm. They were very fresh and tasty. Oh! I love the carrots.

Dad said that, in an organic farm, you don’t usually get to harvest all that you’ve planted because some of them will be eaten by the insects and birds. Some of the vegetables were not very pretty because they had holes from insect’s bits. Dad said that in nature; “you don’t have to be beautiful to be good”... He he.

by small bright head

16 comments:

Yling said...

A very insighful post!

KM said...

Wow, what a lovely post..and very meaningful ending "You don't have to be beautiful to be good"...

mommy of 3 angels said...

i talk to my plants too...when i was young...kinda grew out of this habit coz i got lots of sniggers from "un civilised" folks

will go back to talking to them la!! more organic way of making them grow rite??

Big Bright Head said...

yling, thank you so much. Hope you and angel are having good fun in... Spain now?

Km, most nice tasting things don't really look beautiful anyway.. like durian he he..

Mommy of 3, ppl give us weird look too, we just ignore them. we do things that we feel is right ma.. hor.. thanks.

Lyn said...

gardening is so much fun and very relaxing. I am looking forward to getting back into it next summer. hope.

Big Bright Head said...

thanks lyn for dropping by. Nature have a way of relaxing us, especially from city living. Going for walk in the forest has the same effect too... he he.

eastcoastlife said...

Hi big bright head,
hehe.... what a name! Light bulb? It's nice though to read about the story of a father and daughter.

I almost became an organic farmer too.... guess I'm not cut out for it.

Big Bright Head said...

yah, very bright, energy saving one. he he. Can't be organic farmer, never mind, but must support those who are. Very tough lei, their life. He he

thanks for coming by.

ahlost said...

Owh.. Didn't know so much bout it :D

Thanks for sharing :)

사깅 (saging) said...

i thought i was the only one who talked to plants.. haha. :) nice post ! ^^

day-dreamer said...

Usually I don't mind some holes on the veggies I buy because I know they are not sprayed with insecticide. Haha.

eNNy said...

oOo...i'm not an organic farmer. No time and place for gardening. (^.^)

Big Bright Head said...

ah lost: in fact plants are more alive than humans. They can communicate between themselves... without the use of a mobile phone.. he he..

saging: continue to talk to plants, its good. you can also talk to yourself.. he he

day-dreamer: so right. in fact they say the holey-er the better. if the incests can eat them, we can eat them... he he

enny: its ok, just eat them...

yan said...

I love the way your dad talks to everything, plants, cars and all!
Is kinda cute like as if all things have their own thoughts..
Love you blog btw!

Big Bright Head said...

hi yan, thanks for dropping in. actually everything does have their own thoughts... he he.

Alice Teh said...

I LOVE carrots, especially carrot juice. Yummm... I used to talk to my former New Zealander boss' money plants. It kept growing bigger and bigger and 'fat' too. Babies kept sprouting from it and it's beautiful...

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