We’re so glad you’re still with us on this mindful Fall CleanUp challenge! The skills you’re building will benefit your EarthCare practice all year long, and hopefully for the rest of your life :)
The steps you’re taking to care for your landscape this Fall are going to support pollinators, beneficial insects and wildlife all winter, and set your gardens up to thrive this spring. So much gratitude to you, for becoming the best steward of your land. ♡
Today’s challenge implements Cues to Care, to help with the sustainability and longevity of your ecological gardens - by making efforts to mitigate any issues or objections that sometimes come up when you bring more wildness into neighborhood settings.
Disclaimer: YES this challenge requires you to go outside!
Our woodland steward mentor, Wilson Alvarez, loves to challenge us to broaden our perspective on what is “nice” weather. So, your mini challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to try spending a little more time outdoors in colder weather, even when it feels a bit uncomfortable.
Your body might surprise you with its adaptability!
Your challenge is to tend your edges.
How do we do this? There are lots of options!
Use logs to create borders around gardens.
Keep a mowed border around the most visible edges.
Pull commonly “triggering” weeds like nettles, lambs quarters, sorrel, in most highly visible areas.
Place stones around borders, or plan and build a stone wall.
Plan to add a small fence near streets or sidewalks to visually contain the space.
These techniques - which signal to other observers that a human is present and actively tending the landscape - are called Cues to Care.
Need some ideas for what you can do to tend your edges, or to see what’s working for others? Come on over to the EarthCare Community Facebook group and join the conversation!