A New Year’s Resolution…ish

Resolutions are silly. Resolutions are powerful. No matter which one of these statements is true for you, I think there is something about the  cold, gray, maybe wet, maybe frozen days in January that makes me look to the future with (dare I say it?) resolve. Or at least some intention, if that seems less strict. It makes me want to make the most of the spring when it comes.

This year, I want to spend more time outside, making my place beautiful for God and useful for all of the animals, birds, and bugs around me. My gardening experience has historically been full of lofty ideals (community gardens, water barrels, farm to table), and rather lacking on the follow-through. I plant seeds with more enthusiasm than intention and water when I remember, so most of the produce that has made it from my yard to my table has been the result of grace alone.

But this year will be different! I want to garden with a plan, and with some thought not just to my own needs but to my micro-environment. This is especially true regarding pollinators.  Eighty-five percent of the world’s flowering plants and two-thirds of the world’s crops rely on pollinators like bees, butterflies, and other insects.[1] Not only do we depend on pollinators for our food, so do birds and other animals. Unfortunately, these tiny but important creatures are particularly vulnerable to habitat loss and pesticide use, so using native, pollinator-friendly plants in my yard and garden can give them a leg up.

I want to do what I can to support these resources, and that includes making my space hospitable for them. The Xerces Society has wonderful resources on how to garden for pollinators based on region. It’s not much, but as far as resolutions (or intentions) go, I think it’s one I can follow through on.

[1] https://xerces.org/pollinator-conservation/

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