It is heartening to read that two of the main trends for 2018 are sustainable garden design and wildlife gardening, in addition to a further surge in the number of people growing their own food. It is what I do, after all. Yet the term sustainable might mean something quite different to different people. And what exactly makes a design sustainable?
Even though this is my field of expertise, I can't definitively answer questions like this without feeling a little tentative. Information is hard to find and leaves me with more questions than answers. Debates are often based on philosophies rather than evaluations of long term practice or on data derived from a rigorous experimental set up. Now, as those who know me personally can attest to, I wouldn't be me if I didn’t see an exciting opportunity here. So, I’m rising to the challenge.
My aim is to review the current state of knowledge, bring together science and practice and write about sustainable design and gardening. I’m hoping to cover all the various aspects that come with it so it might become a long term project. But to get most from this, I need your help. I need you to tell me if you have any specific areas you want to know more about - any particular concerns, or any experiences you had success with or that failed miserably. Gardening has always been something where the sharing of experiences and ideas has been essential. So please comment, challenge my interpretations and add any information that you might have. Maybe together we can create a hub of information that can make a difference.
My first review will be about putting things in perspective. Can we make a difference by using our gardens? And how much a difference would this potentially be? Anyone who wants to contribute on this topic or any other topic related to sustainable garden design, do get in touch!
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