Amazing the transformation that happens in spring! not just in nature, but in our own consciousness. After decades of gardening, an understanding naturally engulfs us from the practice of caring for our landscape plants and spending time outside. As gardeners, we hold in our hands the health of everything around us. The health of the soil that feeds our plants. The health of the insects that, by the millions, work indefatigable to make a living on our plot of land. The web starts there. But we have to understand our ecosystem. I have visited beautiful gardens that are dead. Not a living insect or bird can survive in a land laden with pesticides and fertilizers. As I wrote in my post “Why Organic?” synthetic substances in the soil break the web of life. In our search for perfection we sometimes forget the delicate balance of the natural world around us. So, as the new gardening season begins, lets agree to be more conscientious of the world that surrounds us and weigh our actions against the impact we may have on the wild creatures that share our habitat.
“Plants are not optional on this planet. With a few exceptions, neither we, nor anything else can live without them. We invariably take plants and the benefits they provide for granted” Douglas W. Tallamy