Figured I would begin a string as a catchment for thoughts and musings on empowering and advancing nature in our backyards*. At the point when I say patio I mean it from a wide perspective understanding that not every person has a private lawn and more in the feeling of the region near where one resides.
Inside this wide catchment of thoughts I am trusting thoughts are shared that may incorporate yet are not restricted to stewardship, naturescaping, teaching, getting the hang of, coaching, driving, presenting, eliminating, support, and best practices.
Welcome are any tips, stunt, alternate route, expertise, adjustment, or oddity technique that cures inadequacies of, helps in, or builds everything to do with cultivating nature in your/our [area]. MacGyver, Duct Tape, memory aides, and so on methodologies are welcome. Counting things that are in a real sense in your terrace.
The only outside space I have is the two meters of walkway from my front door to the street. I have window sills, but my cat knocks down anything and everything I put on them.
So, I have a few indoor plants. ones that can tolerate lots of shade. That’s life renting a basement I guess.
My landlord actually does keep a beautiful garden, but she plants for beauty, not for the benefit of local non-human organisms. I am considering suggesting a few native and nature-friendly species for when she starts up again in the spring.
For chemical-free weed controls in patios, or any other cracks in paving, I accidentally got to know a little-known native (New Zealand) sedge that grows no more than 10cm high in that situation, generally much less, forming a soft, walkable, perennial ground cover in the cracks that prevents further weed invasion.
I found it by removing from the cracks, or suppressing with mulch placed in or over the cracks, only those weeds that I knew grew big and ugly or inconvenient there…ie dandelions, creeping buttercup, grasses…I learned more plants in the process, and kept eliminating them, till this wee softie became dominant through elimination.
Now I spread its seeds into other cracks and bare areas, and also in my restoration plot in a nearby public Reserve.
And I rarely have a weed to remove now from a much-cracked driveway and a brick-tiled path.