How to Save Wildlife By Embracing Sustainable Gardening
Sustainable gardening is the practice of utilizing gardening practices in a way that does not cause any adverse effect on the earth and its inhabitants. It protects the habitats for wildlife like bees, butterflies, birds, and other species which are dependent on plants, trees, and bushes. Sustainable gardening means doing all the good to the earth to preserve, reinforce, and nourish it, and nothing bad to destroy it. Many global organizations have been working for decades to protect and reinforce wildlife. For example, WWF and The national wildlife federation. But now they seek help from the general public to adopt organic gardening practices to support them. They conduct many educational drives to motivate and educate the public about organic gardening practices.
Following the aim of such organizations, now many influencers have joined their hands. Such influencers use their media to encourage people to adopt gardening as a part of their lives. Emily Murphy is one such influencer and writer who recently wrote a book titled “Grow Now” to share her love for gardening and its inhabitants with the world.
Grow Now – A book by Emily Murphy
After years of research and practicing sustainable gardening to protect wildlife, regenerative organic gardener Emily Murphy wrote this book to motivate people to get more and more attached to nature. This book shows people how growing food from their gardens organically, can provide healthy habitats to restore, revive and regenerate wildlife and heal the fractured ecosystem.
On almost every page of page, she expressed her passion and love for growing sustainable gardens and encouraged her readers to join her in bringing change for the betterment of tomorrow.
In the first chapter of the book “Grow a Garden, Change Your Life,” she put a short quiz for the readers to analyze their nature quotient (NQ) which is how informed and connected they are to nature’s world. And following the assessment, she included 15 techniques to improve the nature quotient.
In the book, the author suggested her readers simply start by judging small things from nature, like listening to the soothing sounds of birds or digging in the soil to see creatures living. She also mentioned numerous national and international environmental studies as evidence to strengthen her ideology of why it is important to conserve the wildlife community and how it can be done efficiently.
Top Ways to Maintain a Sustainable Garden
Give Priority to Native Plants
Emily suggested planting native plants as they have already developed their relationship with the environment. Hence, they thrive better in the weather, soil, and moisture of the respective region. Also, they provide better habitats for the native wildlife community.
Let the Parasites and Predators Live
They keep harmful pests away. Insects and flies such as ladybirds, parasitic wasps, and dragonflies maintain harmony in the garden by protecting it from other dangerous pests.
Adopt organic gardening practices
To protect the wildlife of the garden, gardeners should use organic methods from fertilizing with composites to handpicking pests. They should not use the chemicals until it gets very important, and if they require then opt for the ones which break downs quickly in the environment and apply them only to the targeted areas.
Cultivate Healthy Soil
Rather than using chemical fertilizers, gardeners should maintain the underground ecosystem with active microorganisms and earthworms, this can be further supported by organic composite soil which carries minerals and micronutrients to maintain a healthy garden.
Put Plants Closer to Each Other
Gardeners should try to put the plants closer to each other so that rain or sprinkler water does not wash away the nutrients and minerals of the soil, reducing the fertility of the land.
Keep Pets out of the Garden
Domestic pets are dangerous to the gardens wildlife community. Each year pet cats eat billions of small animals and birds, also some poisonous pets, for example, snakes are extremely dangerous for destroying inhabitants of the gardens. The love for the pets should not overwhelm the existing tiny inhabitants of the garden hence, the owner should create harmony and keep their pets away.
Sustainable gardening not only preserves nature and the wildlife community but also provides healthy and cheap food to the family. ‘Grow Now’ is all about motivating its readers to play a vital role in a solution that is both planetary and personal.
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