I've worked hard over the past couple of weeks to pull weeds, tie up sprawling plants and create some sense of order in the garden. There seems to be this fine line I'm walking. On the one hand, the goal is to create a food forest that is also welcoming to wildlife. On the other hand, I have a lot of years of garden perfection to overcome. I've seldom gotten the yard perfect but it's always been the goal. Now, my goals have changed and I'm challenged to let go of the perfection.
The rewards are many. I've seen hummingbirds and dragonflies in colors I've never seen before. The insect population has exploded and I know we are providing a source for native bees and honeybees alike. Our forays out at night to gather slugs reveal even more life.
It seems perfection has taken on a whole different meaning. Instead of plants placed in their perfect places with the appropriate amount of space between, we have a bit more disorder but a lot more life. I love walking around and seeing what surprise the garden holds today.