As we plan our landscapes and the gardens within for the upcoming season, give some thought to what your plan contributes or takes away from the health of the environment.
As society moves further away from an agrarian way of life, the result is negative in many respects. The loss of knowledge and loss of habitat results, among other things, in the loss of plant and animal diversity. This, in turn, leads to problems such as the loss of predators and other controls that help keep nature in balance.
Because of technological advancements, fewer people are needed to produce more food. This also results in less knowledge and awareness of nature. The methods used, unfortunately, are not all positive. The chemicals and monoculture practices needed to accomplish this greater food production reduce plant and animal diversity among other problems.
None of us with our gardens alone can positively impact these problems to any large degree. However, millions of us together can have a positive impact both through gardening results and as an influence on others.
In addition to the appearance of my gardens, I enjoy them because of the diversity of critters that they attract. I didn’t have the knowledge to create my gardens with the goal of attracting certain things, rather it is a byproduct of what I have done.
A lesson learned is that the diversity of plants and