Why The Birds And The Bees Need Your Garden

Or why your new garden needs the birds and the bees. That is going to be the focus of this entire article. It is outlining one of the finest natural examples of successful teamwork. The birds and bees form important and integral parts of your gardening team. And this is being said as a form of giving beginners a lift of encouragement. Doing new things always seems hard at first. Those who are office-bound or administratively inclined may also find the going a bit tough now that they have to immerse themselves a little more in physical labor.

It is a classic case of rolling up your sleeves and getting straight to work. In the gardening enterprise, there is no time for procrastination or delay when sowing the first seeds. Whether your first vegetable crops are going to be all-weather (and we challenge you to research these on the internet) or seasonal (it will be so in most cases and in consideration of your region’s climate) you will always need to be fully on top where your ongoing gardening maintenance is concerned.

We mentioned this in the previous article. There will be no routine. Each week and each month, and every season, will be different. Different tasks will need to be completed in preparation for the next bountiful season. And by maintaining your focus on keeping your garden as organic as possible, you will be contributing greatly and naturally towards the trend of maintaining bird and bee-friendly gardens. Just by following some of the basic rules of readiness during your autumn months, your new garden will be welcoming your first families of birds and bees, and a variety of other insect and reptilian species to boot.

New gardeners should never be squeamish of this prospect of attracting new natural life to their first garden. Here is a quaint anecdote well worth sharing to elevate the importance of keeping those creatures intact in your garden. Young boys can be quite naughty at times, and one of many stories relates to them finding earthworms in their parents’ gardens. And horror upon horror, this is what those fearless little boys proceeded to do. Finding the harmless but ever resourceful earthworms, the boys proceeded to squeeze and dismember them.

Do not ever encourage your children to harm small garden creatures. Also, teach them that they have nothing to fear where these creatures are concerned. They will not harm anyone. They are far too busy doing their own garden cultivating in any case. While the bees will continue to pollinate your flowers, the earthworms are doing something else remarkable in your garden. They feed on the soil and while they are doing this, they are fertilizing the areas surrounding your plants. These are natural wonders always to be enjoyed by the gardener.

It does not matter whether your small plot is suburban or rural; it remains a mini eco-system of life. While your small garden is providing necessary sustenance for the birds and the bees, it is doing other wonderful things too. It can regulate your water drainage, and it can act as buffers to the potentially damaging effects of strong winds if your area is particularly afflicted. And not meaning to sound redundant, the garden remains a primary reservoir for providing both food and shelter of all native wildlife.

The term ‘native wildlife’ seems to be quite pertinent in this day and age. This is because such natives will not always be prevalent in urban or suburban centers where far too much concrete and not enough greenery prevails. But the tiniest of creatures, even healthy bacteria are so resourceful. The birds and bees are two of the best examples of this resourcefulness in sniffing out new spaces to live and thrive in. They are both blessed with wings to fly. And they can travel thousands of miles across the oceans, year in and year out, just to visit your garden.

At this stage, do not be too concerned or perturbed if you are living in the proverbial concrete jungle. Because their survival depends on it, the birds and the bees have managed to adapt themselves to our ever increasing urban environments. But the preparation of your garden remains critical and fundamental to its ability to survive in urban environments. All consideration must be given to the quality and abundance of your newly created little green lungs. This is yet another reminder for you to resort to keeping your garden as organic as possible.

Because this is such an important reminder, let us just repeat what many organic fundamentalists and environmentalists continue to say. In keeping your garden as organic as possible, never use chemically prepared fertilizers or pesticides. And just to add, leave your decaying leaves just as they are. Allow them to naturally fertilize your garden. These basics will ensure that pest hungry insects will also thrive. They, of course, will be feeding on unwanted pests, including potentially hazardous bacteria, hence the need to never have to resort to chemical killers.

For both birds and bees, the prevalence of flowers is always going to be important. Flower-bearing plants provide these creatures with natural sugar in the form of nectar and protein in the form of pollen. Natural growth bee larvae will also develop on pollen collected by the worker bees. So just so you know if you are keen on having birds and bees as regular visitors, or should we rather just say, life-long inhabitors in your garden, do make sure that flowering plants predominate your garden space.

Finally, we are happy to remind you of the ongoing resourcefulness of the internet as a reservoir of information. Make regular use of it to feed yourself with continuous information on how to innovate your garden year in and year out. Be creative in your modus operandi and regard your gardening work as an artistic endeavor over and above feeding the birds and bees just as Mother Nature would want you to do.