Making a Difference

In just a little more than a year, by planting native plants,

small new plantings in a front yard
The first section, freshly planted, May 2021

I managed to alter the path of monarch migration in my city.

Countless monarchs flying through my garden in September 2022

I’ve hosted endangered bees on this tiny fragment of land I call my front yard.

American bumble bee on blue sage flower

I’ve watched goldfinches breakfast on coneflower seeds.

American goldfinch on thistle, Christian Fritschi from Montreal, Canada, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

I’m sequestering two times the carbon than a traditional lawn.

I’m not contributing to the pollution of ground water.

I’m not wasting water in order to support an alien form of grass.

But the best part is, in fifteen months, I’ve seen the diversity and quantity of life on my front yard increase exponentially.

We can never truly own the land. The best we can be is a good steward.

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