Yesterday, I spent the morning writing and then since it was a balmy 45 degrees here in Northwest Wyoming I went out to get my garden ready for the season. I consider my entire yard to be my garden and planned it to mimic our natural surroundings and be low maintenance.I am not so sure about the low maintenance part yet, but it is a work in progress.
As I prepared my biodynamic compost tea for the next day, I went out to check on my grasses. I am learning about biodynamics from my work with Steiner Books.
I planted perennial grasses so that I could buy the plant once and divide them each year to add to our landscape. We started from scratch with less than nothing - scrapped earth that was begging to be healed.
We added chickens, and their eggs feed us, and their manure feeds the landscape. Our happy hens are rewarded with a heated chicken palace and time to free range.
I think gardening has a lot in common with the nature of work. You need to survey your site and your needs while also considering the choices you make effect your local environment including its people.
Our urban deer and migrating geese need sources of food over the winter and places to take cover in wind and storms. We need wildlife in our landscape to remind us in our long winters about the vital role we have to support others and the seasonal changes that are so vital to our community.
As we build our work in partnership with our environment, we begin to see ways we are in harmony and ways we live in conflict. I love gardens, flowers, and places to sit and take it all in. I also love to write, create, and contribute to the world around me beneficially.
As I planned our garden, I chose a no-mow grass that would need less work than a traditional lawn and be inviting to our urban deer. I chose the grasses that give smaller wildlife cover, our local bird's vital ingredients for their nests, and beautiful foliage for the humans in the space in the winter months.
As we build our body of work in tune with nature, we see that do not need to make something for the world, but rather our small ecosystem, its needs, and our needs. If we focus on that, we create something truly sustainable and beneficial for the world at large one small cohort of aligned needs at a time.
My friend Chris Brogan is doing this with his latest project, Game Puncher. If you are a parent with teens and want to know more about why they love their tech, check it out. If you want to see an example of serving one small ecosystem - it is that too.