When harvesting, I never clear cut a patch of flowers. Part of the joy of growing flowers is saving plenty of goodness for the butterflies and bees. I value creating healthy habitats for pollinators to thrive. The height of the growing season is a wildly busy time, but I try my best to remember to stop and appreciate the buzz and flutter in the garden. Whenever possible, I take photographs to share. Here are a few garden visitors from the 2018 growing season.
Over the years, one surprise of flower growing has been my fascination with soil. I do end up covered in soil many days during the growing season. Beyond that, I’ve realized healthy soil is a major key to growing happy flowers.
Soil is made up of a rich community of organisms that support life on earth. We are dependent on this community for our survival. It helps grow our food, the trees in our parks and the blooms that we put on our table and treasure at our weddings and special occasions. From the most basic of survival needs to the luxury of beauty, healthy soil makes it possible.
Each year, I set new goals to improve soil health and well-being. This season composting will be one focus. Composting sounds like a great idea, but the practice can be a challenge to implement. Especially during the long Wisconsin winters.
The benefits of composting do pay off. Yard debris and kitchen scraps can be transformed into rich compost. They don’t need to take up space in a landfill. I love the possibility that if we take care of the land and the soil, we can actually leave it better than we found it.
My compost system is still imperfect and I’m working out the kinks. Luckily, there is lots of information available. So many people, from individuals to large systems, are trying to integrate more earth-friendly practices.
I look forward to sharing information, images and stories of my successes and failures with composting during the 2019 growing season on social media.