As hedge witches, we have an obligation to ourselves, Mother Earth, plants, and wildlife to protect the environment and increase their habitat so they can thrive. It is our duty to make informed decisions when tending the land we call home (no matter how big or small), and to know and understand our impact.
We know that chemicals used on the land has far-reaching and long-lasting effects, from harming pollinators to contaminating our water supply.
Creating Wildlife Habitat
1. Observe the natural cycles. Each garden has different weather patterns, climate, pests, and beneficial species. And most of the time, we don’t have to interfere in the natural processes. Mother Earth has taken care of everything for thousands of years. Trust that she has the solution you seek. For instance, we noticed that Starlings were taking over our bird feeders. Yes, they are an invasive species in most areas of the U.S. We did nothing but observe. In only one week, we found a Merlin hunting our feeders for Starlings. Problem solved.
2. Start small. Work in a small area with a small, manageable project. Remove some lawn and put in native species that require very little water or maintenance.
3. Learn about native plants. What types of plants naturally grow in your area? Go on wild walks or join work parties doing habitat restoration. Visit your local nursery and discuss native plants with the experts.
4. Create a plan. Decide which plants would benefit your local wildlife and make a plan. Be sure to include the mature size of each plant. Also consider all wildlife needs: food, water, shelter, and a place to raise young. Food means: pollen, nectar, berries, seeds, stems, leaves, insects, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. You don't have to provide it all but start where you can.