How to Resolve Conflicting Needs

Our simple seeker was meditating on, or was she
just thinking about, her next year’s garden.

Why not just call it planning?

Planning has to develop out of …

Out of what?

Awareness of what is, and what it is that is
pleasing about what is, and what is not, and,
given the limits of a small garden area, what
might be even more pleasing than was pleasing
this past season.

Also, there is a yearly chore of restricting
the space that existing plants can expand
into.

And attacking those who have spread beyond
their allotted area?

Attacking sounds violent.

Is there a gentle way to cut them back?

I have tried restricting their spread
by placing patio stones between them, but …

Their roots find a way to reach under and ..

Yes. Then I cut them back. But it doesn’t
work.

What does?

Digging up the whole clump and subdividing it.

Then, what?

One third gets to return to the original area
and the rest goes to a new home or the compost.

Do all of your plants get the same treatment?

No. There are some too dear to me to risk disturbing.

How to deal with the invasive nature of their roots?

Their individual root systems spread at differing depths
beneath the surface of the soil But, they, too must be
cutback when they threaten more fragile plants. But, if
they can work it out together I try to provide enough
water, nutrients, compost and loam to keep them all
happy. Also, gentle hoeing discourages wandering roots.

How would such a system of control work in keeping
the peace between groups of people?

What do you mean?

Does your garden’s collection of competing needs
remind you of human society?

In a way, yes. We each have personal needs
and desires, and so does everyone else.

Yes.

So, how to resolve such a situation of competition
for limited resources?

Self-control, co-operation, and mutual respect.

And, if that doesn’t work.

Then, the law of the jungle will.

Survival of the fittest and those who adapt?

Yes.

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