By reacting to a pest or disease with ‘What can I do to kill this’ the reaction comes from fear. OMG this is going to kill everything and I’ll never eat again!
Fear is useful for situations of danger. It allows you to rely on instinct when you come across a snake. It could be poisonous and kill you. You could run, try to kill or disable the snake, or freeze and hope the snake leaves you alone.
The fear response is designed to get proper action when there is no time to ponder best actions.
The problem with applying a fear based reaction to problems that are not a fight or flight survival problem is that logic and reasoning are left out of the response. In other words if you act out of fear you can make stupid mistakes. This is where capital Stupid mistakes can happen.
Pests and disease are not an immediate threat to your life. Use sound judgement and reasoning. Get sound results.
If you have a pest or disease problem there is a reason why. You always want a little pest and disease pressure around. It makes plants and animals stronger just like humans build an immune response to getting a cold. We don’t get the same cold virus to infect us again because our body learned how to destroy it.
Pest and disease is also good in small amounts because the “good guys” need something to eat or they will leave or die, leaving plants without a defense force. In animals this would include surface and gut microbes.
‘But all my strawberries are full of mold.’ You definitely have a problem. Most people panic and want to know how to kill the mold. This is a fear based reaction. Just attacking the mold is a fear based reaction. Logic and reasoning are better tools.
The logic and reasoning reaction is to figure out why the mold likes your strawberries so much and figure out a way to change the system so mold is no longer happy on your strawberries. So many times the things we go after in food production are the symptoms and not the real cause.
So what to do?
1. Don’t panic
2. Logically assess the problem and contributing factors. Do this in the field with your plants and animals. Don’t ask the internet machine for other people’s fear based solutions.
3. Once you think you know what is wrong, try to fix what you think is wrong. If it helps you were right. If not perhaps you were right but other things are still wrong. Trying ideas is how you learn how your food system grows. It’s not the same for me as it is for you. Don’t fear trying your ideas, but you might want to try on a small section first. If you are paying attention to your growing system you are probably right. If not try something else.
4. Here is a story from Gil Carangdang. He was visiting a farmer who was complaining that part of his field wasn’t growing well. He insisted Gil tell him what’s wrong. Gil responded that he didn’t how what was wrong and maybe he should to pray to God for the answer. In desperation the farmer looked to the heavens…..and saw that the poorly performing part of the field was too heavy shaded.
#morelofthestory Let Nature be your expert and teacher