There is a common misconception that to rewild our gardens we need to allow them to return to Nature, leaving us no space to grow food. But it’s not true. Rewilding is bringing Nature back to life by restoring living systems. We can do this in our veggie gardens too!

Over the years, we’ve overlooked and neglected these living systems in our gardens. Restoring our ecosystems, rewilding becomes more than creating habitat for native plants and animals as a sideline to growing impressive flower displays, tidy lawns, and veggies! We experience the joy of bringing Nature back into our gardens and benefit once more from the FREE ecological services functioning ecosystems provide.[1]

Considering the benefits, it’s surprising everyone isn’t doing it!

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Rewild your Garden – The Eco-logic

Ecosystems are systems in which animals, plants, microbes, other living organisms, and their environment are interdependent and regularly interact.

Image showing model of ecosystem

Ecosystems are complex, but fortunately, there are three key functions that drive a large percentage of the action in the ecosystems in our gardens.[2] [3] By improving our:

  1. Nutrient cycles and capturing more solar energy by photosynthesis, our crops can get fed directly from our soil ecosystem rather than from intermittent and inadequate inputs supplied by us.
  2. Water cycle we get rainwater infiltrating and stored in our soil rather than running off, and reduce water loss through evaporation. Excess water drains freely down through our soil, reducing waterlogging.

And by utilising plants and other living organisms to create functional biodiversity we build connections making better use of these resources.

Rewild using this Eco-logical Approach

Getting the ecosystems in our farms and gardens functioning again, you:

  1. Save money and our environment growing self-sufficiently relying less on commercial fertilisers and pest controls.
  2. Enable your soil to support biodiverse and abundant communities of microbes and invertebrates naturally feeding your birds, frogs, lizards, and small mammals.Image showing how to rewild by learning from nature
  3. Increase biodiversity as the natural consequence of using ecological support plants to improve your soil, pollinate your crops, and reduce pests and diseases.
  4. Your work supporting the conservation of rare plants and animals, with specialist habitat requirements, becomes the icing on the cake. What’s important is that you have the living systems as the cake to spread the icing!

Resources to help you Rewild your Garden

  1. Grow Food Ecologically (free resource)
  2. How to do Regenerative Gardening and Farming (short article)
  3. The Eco-logical Gardening Handbook Front cover regenerative gardening

References for How to Rewild your Garden and still Grow Food

[1] Wendy Seabrook, 2020, Eco-logical Gardening Handbook, Published by Learning from Nature

[2] Wendy Seabrook, 2019, Ecological Farming Handbook, Publ Learning from Nature

[3] Eugine P. Odium, 1971, Fundamentals of Ecology. Publ W.B. Saunders Company

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