(photo © 2020 by Caryn Robertson)
“When we are in rhythm with nature’s wisdom, peace and a deeper understanding takes root within us.”
In Fall, much of the Pacific Northwest is rich with life and still far from winter’s slumber. Even as the storms set in, the leaves begin to fall and harvest is in full swing, there are still many beneficial insects and pollinators migrating. As we prepare for the winter months ahead, it is essential to be mindful of this life in our growing and outdoor living spaces.
The cultural mindset that our gardens and lawns must be ‘tidy’ is actually counter intuitive to nature’s design. When we mow down, spray and weed eat native vegetation and grasses, when we rake, leaf blow and bag up fallen leaves and branches, we simply do not let life unfold as it was meant to unfold.
When we are in rhythm with nature’s wisdom, peace and a deeper understanding takes root within us. We don’t feel the need to divide and conquer, kill or control nature. Even on the smallest of urban and rural lots, we allow room for the native flora and fauna to co-exist with us. We find beauty in what was once invisible, inconvenient or threatening to us. We care take the soil, our buffers and aquifers by simply allowing nature to do the work that it does best. We intentionally choose native, water wise, hardy or low maintenance varieties and enjoy a more diverse, healthier landscape.
In the Fall, we lovingly divide, transplant, seed cover crop, mulch, prune and bring our tender babies indoors. When we are in rhythm with nature, we also lovingly leave zones for the birds, beneficial insects and pollinators to thrive. We leave tall grasses, native plants, fallen branches and leaves. We avoid removing plants and thickets necessary for foraging and nesting. We respect the life that is teaming all around us.
Have some fun with us as we caringly step back as stewards, look forward to the Pacific Northwest harvest, discover new varieties, flavors and fragrances, embrace all life within our growing and outdoor living spaces and as we celebrate beneficial insects and pollinators.
Join us and ‘Let Go and Let Nature’!
- Growing the San Marzano Roma Tomato – featured in Marilyn’s Vegetarian Marinara
- Bringing Nature Home – by Douglas W. Tallamay
- Silver Anouk Spanish Lavender
- Fire Resistant Plants for Home Landscapes
What’s In Season
- Gardening 101: Hyssop – featured in Marilyn’s Bouquet
- Tilth Conference – This year’s Tilth Conference will be held virtually November 9-10. The deadline to register is Sunday, Nov. 1
- Leave the Leaves Alone
Sowin’ Some Seeds
- 20 Tips for Gardening With Dogs
- What You May Not Know About Hummingbirds – by: The Bug Squad
- No Mow May
- Registering as a Certified Wildlife Habitat
- Learn to Recognize Ladybug Larvae
- Why We Need to Reduce Our Lawns