Organic Gardening Goal 1: To work with nature and natural systems and processes rather than seeking to dominate them.
We have a long history of maintaining our gardens to suit our aesthetic needs, as if they were a living room that needed decorating.
It does make some sense because we are trying to create a place that we can enjoy spending time, but if you step back and think about it, we would do better to help nature do what nature does best rather than creating never-ending work for ourselves. We would do better to work with nature
What are some ways we seek to dominate our gardens? Here are 5 of the most common:
It's easy and it's fun!
I joked a bit here about how it is less work to work with nature, and it certainly is less work in the long run, but that's not necessarily the main benefit. In fact, some of us actually like spending time organic gardening and would feel left out if there wasn't some way we could contribute.
There is actually lots for us to do to help the process of making our gardening a healthy and abundant ecosystem, but we are just helpers, and we need to let nature do the work. We don't make good soil. We don't make plants healthy. Our job is not to kill insects.
But we can help just by occasionally tweaking the ecosystem to make sure it has what it needs and by letting nature take on the jobs that she does much better than us.