For some time now, i’ve been desiring personal strategies / seasonal plans to
“propagate” or encourage native species in place / in the field. Meaning, i’d
like to take frequent small steps every time i’m out walking or
whatever, that will encourage abundance and thriving of native wild
systems. I’d also have seasonal strategies for larger projects as needed.
I’d like to get AWAY from the the notion that i have to take
something away, grow it by artificial means, and take it back out,
disturbing existing relationships by my planting activities.
Multiple reasons for this goal, some of which include reduction of labor, money, and need
for extracted resources (artificial growing mediums,
containers, water, etc.) but also it really feels important to me to
develop a relationship in which i am always doing a little something to
give back, and always learning more about and becoming part of the
interrelationships between species i encounter when out.
One little example from this past berry season was that i allocated roughly 1/3 of
my take for scattering in other areas that seemed appropriate, based
upon what i knew of the plants’ growing preferences. I realize that the
“return” on this “investment” may be much lower in terms of actual new
plants germinated, because at home i could “control” conditions and
prevent others from eating the berries, but it really felt good to talk
to the plants i was harvesting from with gratitude and let them know
that i was scattering their children into new potential homes, not just
taking, taking, taking…
Would very much like to hear thoughts, stories, experiences from others on this journey, and if you have any resources / reference materials to recommend i would love to see those as well. Looking forward to reading your stories!