As gardeners and nature lovers we are on the forefront of preservation. In a time when our wild places keep shrinking, there are many things we can do in order to make it a little easier on our wild friends that rely on nature for their survival. As I wrote on this previous post on Habitat Fragmentation, creating ‘ribbons of vegetation’ is one of the best ways to promote biodiversity. By enlarging our existing garden beds and planting a few more natives, we would ensure the survival of many species. I will make it my mission this year, not so much in creating new beds, as much as enlarging the ones I already have. The wider and more diverse beds provide more habitat for an incredible amount of wildlife, amphibians and insects pollinators.
This photo was taken in my garden last summer. My perennial beds are on average between four and seven feet wide. Last fall, I started planting just outside the existing beds to widen them and also making it easier to connect one planting area to another ultimately having a continuous corridor through the entire garden.
I will love for all of us to make an effort to make our gardens a joyful, safe and environmentally friendly space for us and our friends human and wild.
“In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers and the dreams are as beautiful” Abram L. Urban