There is a common misconception that rewilding is only relevant for large wilderness areas and national parks – that we can’t rewild our farms and gardens. But it’s not true. Rewilding is bringing Nature back to life by restoring living systems. We can do this in our gardens and farms too!
Over the years, we’ve overlooked and neglected these living systems. But nothing is stopping us from getting the ecosystems in our farms and gardens working again.
In fact, considering the benefits, it’s surprising everyone isn’t doing it!
Restoring our ecosystems, rewilding becomes more than creating habitat for native plants and animals as a sideline to growing impressive flower displays, tidy lawns, veggies, and commercial crops.
We experience the joy of bringing Nature back across all of our landscapes and benefit from the FREE ecological services functioning ecosystems provide.
- Improving our nutrient cycle and capturing more solar energy, our crops can get fed directly from our soil ecosystem rather than from intermittent and inadequate inputs supplied by us.
- Improving our 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.
- Building beneficial connections between our plants, animals, microbes, and our land enables us to use these resources efficiently.
It’s been such a long time since our ecosystems provided these services that we have largely forgotten about the help we can get. We’ve been stuck substituting instead with fertiliser, pest controls, spades, and 420 horsepower, six-cylinder tractors! Virtually everybody has been doing it.
Rewild using this Eco-logical Approach
Getting the ecosystems in our farms and gardens functioning again, you:
- Save money and our environment growing self-sufficiently relying less on commercial fertilisers and pest controls.
- Enable your soil to support biodiverse and abundant communities of microbes and invertebrates naturally feeding your birds, frogs, lizards, and small mammals.
- Increase biodiversity as the natural consequence of using ecological support plants to improve your soil, pollinate your crops, and reduce pests and diseases.
- 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
- Grow Food Ecologically (free resource)
- How to do Regenerative Gardening and Farming (short article)
- The Ecological Gardening Handbook and Eco-logical Farming Handbook