The earth wants you to have the audacity to imagine something better, do something better.
Design your garden:
To recharge groundwater To protect your watershed To replenish atmospheric oxygen To sequester carbon To shade and cool To provide cover for wildlife To promote stable and resilient food webs To encourage healthy pollinator life To grow your bird feeders To connect viable habitats To provide water & shelter To eliminate the use of pesticides and herbicides To conserve or restore natural areas & wildlife corridors.
To fundamentally change the way we think about our gardens.....start thinking about this...
How much do we depend on biodiversity? A well functioning habitat provides for us. • Healthy food • Medicines come from our surroundings. (ethnobotany) • Regulates our atmosphere • Cleans our water • Brings joy and tranquility into our landscapes • Controls pests • Regulates fire • Invites in pollinators, birds • Helps us avoid pesticides, herbicides. • Lowers our water usage. • Exudes stillness
“If we lose insects we're doomed. I know this sounds overly dramatic, but we absolutely are. Life on Earth would be utterly changed. We wouldn't be able to grow our crops. Dung would build up in the fields. Life on Earth would essentially cease.” Dave Goulson “Without plants there would be no oxygen and without bees to pollinate there would be no fruit or nuts. Bugs are the basis of the many wild food chains that support ecosystems.” Damian Carrington
“If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.” E. O. Wilson
Pollinators play a critical role in maintaining natural plant communities, ensuring the production of seeds in most flowering plants, those plants that bring us countless fruits, vegetables, and nuts, half of the world’s oils, fibers and raw materials; those plants that prevent soil erosion, and increase carbon sequestration. To champion a healthy environment, plant native species. To encourage pollinators, plant natives that provide nectar and pollen through out the season. In order to reproduce, birds are dependent on the proteins and fat of insects for their energy needs and those of their young.* Native plants are plants that occur naturally and are adapted to local conditions. These plants have desirable traits such as low maintenance and water needs, strong pest resistance and the ability to survive harsh seasonal temperature change. They support our local wildlife by creating habitat and food sources for them.
What if we each create a tiny bit of beneficial habitats? What if we trade our lawns for native plants that will sustain the ecosystems we depend on?
Our big hairy-assed goal is to harness the power of the people to plant beneficial habitats, build pollinator pathways and migratory safe-havens, to invite nature into our lives.