“Today’s gardeners are so concerned about the health of their plants that they run for the spray can at the first sign of an insect. Ironically, a sterile garden is one teetering on the brink of destruction.”Bringing Nature Home
Bringing Nature Home by Douglas W. Tallamy is a book that made me think of my Dad and great-grandmother. They were both gardeners. And it also happens to be Grandparents Day, today. I grew up watching them in the yard. My boys were so used to helping my Dad in the yard. It is inspiring. So when I started this book, it warmed my heart. It is something I would have discussed with them. The main theme of this book is how to sustain wildlife with native plants. While planting anything is good, planting native plants are even better. It helps promotes a healthy ecosystem. The native birds and insects need native plants in order to thrive.
“In the Jenga metaphor, the role of any given species in maintaining the stability of its ecosystem is similar to the role of individual blocks play in keeping the tower from tumbling down. Each block supports the tower in some way.”Bringing Nature Home
It is clear that everything has its role. If we remove one, how does that affect the rest? So even if our yards are small, we can still do our part. Planting native plants can help. You will see more birds, butterflies, and bees. But it is also critical to research the plants. Some people will plant certain flowers that attract butterflies but not plants that aid caterpillars and larvae.
In the drive to my Mom and Dad’s house, it used to be all fields. In the past year, it has all been bulldozed, making way for thousands of new homes. How do you think that will affects the plants, insects, birds, and animal life in the area? Where are they going to go?
“Their estimates depend on how strictly you define ‘undisturbed’ but the consensus aming landscape ecologists is that 3-5% of the land remains as undisturbed habitat for plants and animals. In other words, for our own use, 95-97% of all land in the lower 48 states…”Bringing Nature Home
If you feel at a loss of what to do, the best thing you can do is plant some native plants. It definitely won’t hurt. But we need to turn our mindsets around if we want our Earth to thrive. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.