reflections on food

growing, cooking, eating, and thinking…

F5 = 5 := Embeddedness


Embeddedness is an abstraction that speaks to connections: the ones we know and accept, we cherish or loathe; the ones we are not aware of; the ones we want or are forced to make after we – human tribes physically or virtually traveling a rapidly changing world – find our selves displaced. Talking about embeddedness in the garden might seem a stretch, but a garden is a microcosm, with its own communities, ecosystems, ebbs, and flows. Flowerbeds are quite a straightforward metaphor for this idea. As such, as Latour would say, everything is embedded. However, building a guild of plants that support each other points to the idea that proximity is just the first step: some plants provide shade, others attract insects, others send down deep roots to bring nutrients to the surface. Plants, as humans, form communities. For them as well it takes time to adapt to a new spot when transplanted, and the presence of compatible companions will improve both the look of the flowerbed and the ability of the plants to thrive.

The composition in the picture is very straightforward, with the silver leaves in the front playing out the contrast between the red of the rhubarb stems and the red currant, and the bright green of the other leaves. What makes it unusual, in an understated way, is the use of edibles in a flower bed.

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This entry was posted on March 2, 2015 by in autoethnography, gardening, sociology and tagged , , .
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