Weeds? Pioneers? Foreshadowing a mature and rich ecosystem?

I am taking care of my parents’ house these days, and am doing some minimal garden work – mostly some weeding in the lawn and on the gravel in front of the house. (Since I prefer to minimize the work, I use hot water to get rid of whatever grows in the gravel.)

Our modern Western culture is obsessed with monocultures, including lawns. These are sterile and do not support much life. They are not very resilient or stable. They require a lot of maintenance and energy input.

What some call “weeds” are pioneer species doing the first step of transforming a desert – as lawns and gravel areas are – into a more diverse, healthy, mature, and resilient ecosystem. When I see these pioneers here, I see a beautiful old-growth forest in the future. They are doing invaluable work. They are amazing plants, far more valuable than the exotic ornamentals most people plant in their gardens here in Norway.

If I lived here, I imagine I would create a nature garden full of diversity – native trees, fruit trees, berry bushes, wildflowers. It requires more planning and input at first and much less after a while. It supports a wide range of life – insects, birds, hedgehogs, and so on. It’s beautiful, smells wonderful, and sounds wonderful in the wind. It stimulates the senses. These places make me feel alive.

I let the grass and flowers grow in May. The photos are of some of the wildflowers growing here at the end of May.


INITIAL DRAFT

WEEDS?

I am taking care of my parents’ house these days, and am doing some minimal garden work – mostly some weeding in the lawn and on the gravel in front of the house. (Since I prefer to minimize the work, I use hot water to get rid of whatever grows in the gravel.)

Our modern Western culture is obsessed with monocultures, including lawns. These are sterile and do not support much life. They also require a lot of maintenance and energy input.

What some call “weeds” are pioneer species doing the first step of transforming a desert – as lawns and gravel areas are – into a more diverse, healthy, and mature ecosystem. It’s the first step in creating a mature old-growth forest, and when I see these pioneers I see a beautiful old-growth forest in the future. They are doing invaluable work. They are amazing plants, far more valuable than the exotic ornamentals most people plant in their gardens here in Norway.

Weeds? Pioneers? Foreshadowing a mature and rich ecosystem?

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