This week I learned for the first time about the Sabbatical year for the cultivation of land - shmita.

"For six years you may plant your fields, prune your vineyards, and harvest your crops, but the seventh year is a sabbath of sabbaths for the land." Book of Leviticus


With our new year on Wednesday, the final planting in the city is taking place before this year of rest for the land begins. I quite like this idea of letting the soil breath in peace for a whole year. And an added bonus... at last we have some green planting in front of our apartment building.


Autumn is definitely on its way to us, with a drop in temperatures, the turning colours of the flowers and trees and the return of beautiful peaceful sunsets...

10 Comments:

  1. Tiffany said...
    What a lovely thought! I know many farmers over here rotate their crops, but I've never heard of them just giving their lands a rest. I like that idea!
    Denise said...
    I have never heard of this either. Very interesting and a very nice idea. I like it too.
    lisa s said...
    i too love the idea of a "year off"

    pretty pretty clouds.....
    xo
    Uschi said...
    it's interesting. There is a history of " four-field-farming", look: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crop_rotation.
    And on a very other hand: in Germany, private people, who are overindepted, have the possibility to declare ther bankruptcy and after a controlled period of six years, the rest of there debts will be "cancelled"...like your link mentions it...
    shari said...
    how interesting. love the clouds and the colorful flowers. so glad to hear rami is better too. xx
    risa said...
    happy new year! are you doing anything special?
    gracia said...
    Every living thing needs a rest... and it sounds so very appealing, doesn't it? Enjoy those autumnal colours and cooler days.
    take care, g xo
    kelly said...
    it makes great sense...we can learn so much from nature + i guess vice versa : ) i love the turning colours of your season xxx
    cruststation said...
    You take beautiful photographs, really love the vibrant colours and peaceful sunset. Yes, crop rotation...even nature need to take breaks :)
    amisha said...
    happy happy new year my friend! thinking of you.
    love the idea of letting the land breathe... those natural cycles.
    and yes fall is coming! today was so lovely and crisp. can't wait to pull out my sweaters and tights...
    xox

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