The week of the bee starts today here in Belgium, whose aim is to attract attention the perilous situation our pollinators are in. From solitary bees to bumblebees, all are suffering from drastically declining food sources and the incessantly spraying of pesticides in both gardens and on our food crops.
In my research on how to make my own garden as pollinator friendly as possible, I came across Wilding by Isabelle Tree. In her book, Tree (what a great name for a nature writer) describes how the farm she and her husband were running kept being economically unsustainable, which led them to cease all activities and start a pioneering rewilding project. In short, they sat back as much as possible and let nature do its things. With astounding results.
What struck me the most but honestly didn't surprise me at all, was the resistance of the farm's neighbours, who only saw the growing weeds encroaching on their land. Yet, as nature took over, endangered species as turtle doves, purple emperor butterflies and peregrine falcons found their way to the farm.
I've included some photos of how I'm slowly planting my new garden full of pollinator friendly plants. The area you see on here was an entire chicken run before I bought it, so that's definitely an improvement already. Still, as I am implementing a no spraying rule, I've had numerous conversations with people who think I'm crazy for wanting to only handpull weeds and - God forbid - to actually let some do their thing. The last picture is a part of garden which I haven't touched and has been buzzing with all kinds of insects.
So if you'd like to educate yourself on what happens when you let nature run its course, definitely check out Wilding. You might think twice the next time you want to pull out a stinging nettle.
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