Recently, I decided to start gardening selfishly—although perhaps I should say I decided to continue gardening selfishly.
There are a number of ways in which a garden can be a force for good in the world.
- A garden can do social good by providing food for an individual, family, or community.
- A garden can support bees, butterflies, and other pollinators—which in turn supports our ability make food.
- A garden can support wildlife beyond pollinators by providing food and habitats for birds, small amphibians and reptiles, and invertebrates like bugs, worms, snails, etc.
- A garden can support water management, either by being efficient in its use of water or by mitigating flooding by absorbing rainfall.
- A garden can help support and preserve populations of native plant species.
My garden… doesn’t really do any of those. I mean, I grow some food, and I have some pollinator plants and plants that provide seed for birds. I have one or two native plants. My planting containers are probably better than bare concrete as far as managing water goes. But my garden isn’t really designed around any of those purposes.
Instead, my garden is an entirely selfish endeavor. Its purpose is to lift my mood and give me something to do. And maybe that’s enough?