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Gardening Series, Part 19
About Your Garden's Wildlife

Update: May 2020

The Gardening Series

All of the animals, insects and microbes that are part of your home environment's biosphere.


In this weekend leading up to the first of the month, and the EoP Biodiversity Process on Monday, we have a suggestion. Read an eye-opening, perspective-changing and maybe even life-altering chapter in The Perelandra Garden Workbook.

Over the last several years, several factors such as increased rains and warmer-than-ever days have resulted in an explosion of insects in some areas — including swarms of locusts for goodness sake! (How do you fight a locust invasion amid coronavirus? [BBC])

Changes in climate, extreme weather, fires, volcano eruptions and hurricanes don't only affect human day-to-day life and activity. Wildlife is also forced to adjust, and struggle to survive.

So what is a co-creative gardener to do? Or anyone who knows a barrage of pesticides are not the answer to this bigger problem, who deeply wants to work with nature, but also struggles when insects or wildlife invade their home or eat their well-tended garden? Complaints, confusion and panic about wildlife in the garden (and in the home) are one of the biggest reasons for calls to Perelandra. People want to know how to "get rid of" the animals and insects that are bothering them or interfering with the balance (and sometimes idea of "perfection") they wish to achieve.

What to do begins with changing how we perceive the "invasion." A bold, new understanding is critical if we are to change the way we interact with wildlife and solve the environmental problems we face in our garden, home, apartment, aquarium, animal shelter, office, business complex or classroom.

rabbit eating

So what we're sharing here is for everyone, gardener or not. It is such an important thing to understand — how to include wildlife in your garden. Yes, include! Contrary to popular belief, plants and soil alone will not a balanced garden make. (Don't worry, if your garden is indoors, or it's your office or classroom, we aren't suggesting you invite rabbits, turtles and wasps inside.)

Find a quiet moment this weekend and get ready for a life-changing read. We promise you won't look at insects or that rabbit eating your lettuce bed the same way, ever again.

pg 209

Gut Gardeners
and 2.0 Gardeners

Starting on page 209 of your Garden Workbook, read Chapter 12, "The Garden's Wildlife."

When you finish, you will have a whole new appreciation for the furred, many legged and winged creatures in your garden and a better understanding of your role in maintaining their balance.

Perelandra Garden Workbook

If you're not a gardener and find yourself intrigued, or if a friend forwarded this article to you and you would like to learn more, you can get the ebook version of The Perelandra Garden Workbook and start reading today. Or go all in and order the new softcover second edition!

There is much in this book that non-gardeners who care about our environment will find surprising and helpful.

If you feel overwhelmed, get stuck or have questions about these instructions, call our Question Hot Line. We enjoy helping you through blocks, and keeping the steps manageable and simple.

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