A natural garden that supports local wild animals and plants can even be created in a city environment. In a series of blogs I explain how I did that. One of the things I advocate to help out nature is that everybody creates a natural garden as much as possible.
Most of the time when I talk about what is happening to our natural environment people find it sad but also say: I am just alone, I can’t change a thing…and here is where you are wrong, you can help, you can stop the degrading of our natural environment and you can create small havens for local wildlife.
And by doing that reduce your own carbon print, no matter how small your garden is. Living in a big city I often here I live in an apartment so no garden…well do you have a balcony? Or does your building provide a communal outside area? If so you do have an area that you can influence positively!
If that isn’t enough, the moment you start creating a natural garden your way of thinking will change towards sustainable living, towards a broader way of thinking. But the biggest benefit of all to me is that it teaches my daughter and her friends about how things grow, where food comes from. By doing that I see a much better attitude than sadly my generation ever had towards the environment.
It also brings things to do with my girl enjoying home grown apples, black berries and herbs. The joy that you see the in a kids when it spots a baby salamander in a pond or hatched chicks from wild birds? Irreplaceable!
Being a nature photographer it also provides me a pallet to practice my skills on as well as amazing photography opportunities. And to be honest an income through the photo’s I took right there in my back garden!
So where do you start?
There are a couple of things you need to think about before you design any garden, let alone a natural garden. Following the points below I will be sharing my own experiences, success and failures through a series of blogs.
- How do you and your family use your garden?
- What are you aiming for: lots of flowers, attract insects, birds and other animals?
- What are the seasons in your climate?
- Ratio between paved and unpaved areas should be at a minimum of 60% paved and 40% unpaved
- Water & water retention and management
- Do you see gardening as a hobby or a job that needs to be done?
- Be patient…some things just take time don’t interfere to quick!
- Successes and failures. Both happen and you learn the most from the latter..
To be honest I am not by nature a planner and tend to do these kind of things on the flow. That is how I designed my own garden and that is how I am often trying to mend my mistakes. But now these days I wished I had followed the above thinking. On the other hand things develop on their own account and that is also nature…my basic rule is if it doesn’t survive in my garden it doesn’t belong there.
The other thing, a natural garden is a lazy mans garden..I only prune twice a year or so, mow the grass every other week in summer and rake leaves in the fall..not too much don’t you agree?
As this was and still is a trial and error proces for me I would love to hear your experiences and learn from them as well! So I would appreciate if you drop a note or comment!