Signs Of A Healthy Garden

Healthy gardens team with wildlife. When wildlife shows up, it’s a sign that a garden is strong and in harmony with nature. Once the wildlife comes in, the garden and the creatures get even stronger.

As the Reclaimed Garden evolved, all kinds of wildlife moved in, made themselves at home and further improved the condition and health of the garden. Here are the creatures that live in the Reclaimed Garden.

Butterflies are delicate and thrive in environments free from  synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. They benefit the garden by pollinating fruits and flowers. The garden supports them by providing leaves to  feed caterpillars, shelter for cocoons and nectar to feed adult butterflies.

Toads are also very sensitive to synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. They protect the garden by controlling the pest population. Toads are a form of natural pesticide, with some eating up to 10,000 insects, slugs and snails in a day!

The composted leaf pile was filled with big juicy earthworms.  When the leaves were added to the dirt in the flowerbeds to improved the soil condition, earthworms spread all over the yard. Worms eat organic material like leaves, mulch, and fruit and vegetable scraps. What do they do in the garden? They improve water retention and drainage, aerate the soil, and improve soil structure. They also increase nitrogen and the bio-availability of other plant nutrients. What miracle workers!

A flock of 3 to 5 Robins visit the garden every morning at watering time. They feast on earthworms that come out around water puddles. The birds also eat insects, helping to control garden pests naturally.

Birds also naturally spread seeds, planting “volunteer” plants, fruits and vegetables. The volunteer 4 o’clocks and sunflower were probably “planted” by birds.

The neighborhood Red Bellied Woodpecker visits from time to time. He loves the insects in this Sweet Gum tree. The Sweet Gum tree loves the woodpecker for getting rid of  bugs that weaken the tree.