Finch: Dining in style
In every garden some life form beyond the gardener's design will appear, thrive, provide, consume, destroy, or invade . The garden can be artificial in the sense that some things abound beyond the natural. As a result life thrive there - not only the things we put and plant there but also some others. One gardening action is not an end but a beginning of a series of changes in the place. For example, the simple act of digging the soil exposes some weed seeds in the deeper parts of the ground. Then the seed is exposed to more surface moisture and warmth from the sun. It grows into a plant called weed. Soon a butterfly is attracted to the flowers which will soon attract small birds. The small birds linger around and soon predators will their way to the garden. Ans do so on.
Wildlife, wild as we call them, benefit directly and indirectly from our domesticated yards called gardens. Here at the Lewis garden, the mocking birds come to eat their share grapes when the fruits are ripe and what ever we do not harvest, the squirrels will slowly harvest them even when the grapes become dry as raisins. I think they prefer it that way. We feed the doves and quails but the hawks and cats come uninvited. We plant apples to enjoy some fruits but the worms enjoy the first bite. The same thing is true with all the vegetables we plant. We dream of nice organic clean lettuce for the salad but the aphids always try to take the first taste. I guess that is how the world operates. :)
We change our environment and our environment will change us, hopefully for the better. That is the point of tending the ground. Plants we plant change the yard around our homes. Things come and go; grow and die; produce and consume; beautify and tarnish - because we did something different. And then we see a different world. Suddenly we realize that we live in a different place. It is very delightful to see life (plants and animals alike) come and linger around. They make us slow down and appreciate the things we often take for granted. And it is all because of a single act we do.
Squirrel eating dry grapes
Quails: Standing room only