There is a common misconception that to rewild our gardens, we have to allow them to return to Nature, leaving us no space to grow food. It’s not true.
Rewilding isn’t limited to restoring wild landscapes and the habitat for keystone species like wolves, otters, and condors. As rewilding also involves restoring natural processes to the point where Nature can take care of itself, we can also make our veggie patches and other areas where we grow food ‘wilder’ by restoring these natural processes.
Getting the eco-systems in our gardens to the point where Nature manages everything will be challenging because we direct most of the productivity towards growing food for human consumption. But there is room for improvement.
Our gardens will be in better shape than they are now. More resilient to the challenges of our changing and unstable climate, and we’ll benefit from the free ecological services functioning ecosystems provide. [1,2]
We’ll grow healthy crops and wholesome food by rewilding our soils. Our plants will get silver service catering courtesy of our biodiverse communities of soil organisms rather than via the inadequate compost and other inputs we apply.
Above ground, we’ll create functional biodiversity using companion plants and ecological support species to improve our growing conditions. For example, by growing a diversity of plants to attract beneficial insects and birds to control pests and pollinate our crops.[1,2]
We’ll have the joy of bringing Nature back into our gardens. The birds, small mammals and insects that used to be common will be commonplace once more. With stronger ecological foundations, we’ll find it easier to support the recovery of endangered species with specialist habitat requirements in our rural and urban landscapes.
Considering the benefits, it’s surprising everyone isn’t doing it!
Resources helping you get Started!
- What is Regenerative Farming and Gardening?
- What is Healthy Soil?
- How to do Regenerative Farming and Gardening
References for How to Rewild your Garden
 Wendy Seabrook, 2022, Eco-logical Gardening Handbook, Published by Learning from Nature
 Wendy Seabrook, 2022, Ecological Farming Handbook, Publ Learning from Nature
 Wendy Seabrook, 2021, How to Build Healthy Soil – Eco-logically, Learning from Nature