Many of us may feel we have little sense of control over our own lives… what
with politicians… big businesses… not to mention the Coronavirus restrictions
“…but in the garden or allotment we are king or queen! It is our piece of
outdoors that lays a real stake to the planet.” Monty Don.
If you care to embrace this metaphor, we can look at our own little garden
kingdom and choose how to rule it: choose what we plant or build in it and
what we take away from it. There are plenty of gardening rules to follow – it
makes sense to use them, but don’t forget to use your humanity. As king or
queen you can choose to consider all the living things on your land as your
beloved subjects, not just the plants. You could be a great ruler! Hospitable
and nurturing, but also tough and decisive when you know what needs to be
done for the greater good. You could allow your subjects a place to shelter and
a place to forage, and during hard times you might even lay out food and
water for them.
In the olden days, gardens were places of sanctuary from the wild scary beasts
over the hedge, now there are barely any wilds, instead mostly human
development: houses, roads or agriculture. How we decide to rule our gardens
does matter; our gardens make up a huge area of Britain, and together we
could make such a difference to our dwindling British wildlife.
Sarah Ashworth, Designs For Life