If you are reading this and it is after 6:11 a.m. EST, I guess the end of the world hasn’t taken place or, if any of the other doomsday theories has occurred, that BWG Blog has been translated into Nibiru-ese. I’m not a big believer in these sort of silly conspiracies, but let’s just say I held off doing the winter mow of the meadow!
At 6:12 a.m. EST we welcome, the December solstice…the Winter Solstice for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. If today seems short and tonight seems long, well…hello, northern hemispherian. We made it to mid-winter. We are now moving toward seeing the light…at least more of it each day, as daylight increases and darkness decreases. The garden will no doubt be happy with this as we, the gardeners should be too. More daylight, more photosynthesis, more oxygen. Good for the plants, good for the earth, good for us. Breathe is all in.
A few reminders which are applicable at any time of year:
- Buy plants native to your locale…Think Provenance…They perform better in adverse weather conditions and feed the local fauna
- Don’t use pesticides…Embrace your bugs!
- Don’t be too tidy…critters depend on our emulation of natural conditions for cover, for nesting materials, and when you allow spent flowers to go to seed you provide important food sources for fauna and future generations of plants.
- Be conscious of light pollution
- Check whether a plant is invasive in your area.
- Consider wildlife when choosing what materials you use in your garden
- Read the Beautiful Wildlife Garden Blog (ok, maybe a little self-serving .…hehe)
Just around the corner is Christmas. May each and every one of you have a joyous holiday and may all your stocking stuffers be gift cards to the local native plant nursery.
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