After years of gardening, of days upon days spent outside, digging, planting, and planning, of observing and making discoveries and notes, a big realization enveloped me, it came in small doses at first, and then it consumed me: that nature and my SELF are one and the same. I belong to the natural world around me, and to do anything to alter or in any way or interfere with the rhythm of its life is agains my nature. To me, the universe unfolding just a few steps from my back deck is eyeopening and overwhelmingly awesome.
I am celebrating my tenth year of organic gardening. My back yard is truly a universe on itself. It is perhaps just a half and acre of space open on all sides to nature. Deer are free to come and go. Raccoons, woodchucks, rabbits, foxes, squirrels, chipmunks and voles are usual visitors. Frogs, toads and snakes hang around shady areas and water features, and birds populate every available real state that suits their habits. To support all this life there are countless insects and pollinators buzzing around in an interminable web that keeps this ecosystem connecting without end.
I propose to all gardeners, that we make it a priority to create landscapes that are both beautiful and wildlife habitats. Places where life is invited to thrive and multiply so we can observe, learn and marvel in the magic of nature!
“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher” William Worthsworth.