Your Living Garden

When you create your healing garden, be sure to include as  many opportunities for encouraging wildlife as possible.  I don’t mean the unwelcome variety such as rodents, opossums, foxes or large predators (if you live in an area where these roam). However, I do mean birdlife, beneficial insects and small lizards. If you have developed a natural healing garden you will notice that it will be a haven for all sorts of pollinators, nectar feeders, pest predators, and beneficial creatures. If your garden has a good balance of herbal leys, spring blossoms, good soil as well as some shade trees, sunny spots and water features, then a variety of butterflies, birds, bees, hedgehogs and lizards will visit your garden. In return your fruit trees will bear healthy fruit, your vegetables won’t need chemical sprays, pest infestations will be suppressed and your soil will stay fertile and friable.
In my own garden where I have a home orchard and herb garden, I’ve noticed an increase in monarch butterflies after I introduced swan plants (see photo below).  The borage plants under my pear and nashi trees ensure that bees are plentiful in early spring during the brief pear blossom period. I have included flax, grevillea, tree ferns and renga renga lily in a woodland corner and now native birds such as tui and fan tails love to play there.
The more life you have in your healing garden, the more you will benefit from its healing properties.

Author: char3lie

artist, gardener, designer, pet lover

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