diversity of nature

diversity of nature

When you plant do you plant only those things that benefit you, or do you plant others as well?

As I start planting in the spring, I want to plant many things. I don’t want to just focus on plants that will give me food, I want to add in plants, trees, and shrubs that are beautiful and have other functions as well. The functions of nature are easier to see with some varieties than others but regardless of this, all of nature has a purpose.

If I look at nature there is such a wonderful array of trees and plants, none of them have the same functions, they all look different in their own way, and yet they all have purpose, they all give nature its beauty. Only those who are not looking see trees the same, who see flowers the same, etc. But to people who are aware of it and really look at nature, they see that on those beautiful snowy days, each snowflake is distinct, none are the same.

How boring would nature be if everything was the same? Our needs would not be met with one type of tree or one type of plant, we would shrivel and die because our lives need and thrive off of diversity.

And yet we have the audacity to degrade the diversity of human beings, to act as if the differences in each other makes us more or less than another. It’s sad that people don’t want to see the beauty in diversity, many just want to stick with their own kind instead of flourishing among the different expressions of people.

Either way, I’m looking forward to researching the kinds of plants and trees I can add-on my property to make my little ecosystem strong.


About Mimic Nature

Hello everyone! I’m so glad to see you! I’m Jana, I’m an eccentric wife and mother; I work 2 jobs and homeschool my kids. With all this going on in my life, I want to focus my attention on the things that make me happy, and the one thing that has made me happy ever since I was a little kid is nature. As my life progressed and changed through my teen years and my early married life, I lost my connection to it. Life took over and here I am living disconnected from nature because of work, bills, and every day events that keep me away. So the next chapter of my life will be dedicated, at least in some small part, to reconnecting to nature; I still have a mortgage, work, and a family to take care of, but now, I will be more aware of nature and my place within it. Each day, I will find some small way to not harm nature. Not long ago I was introduced to something called permaculture and I fell in love with it. Basically, it’s building a small ecosystem in your own backyard that is based off of what nature would do naturally. In turn your backyard helps you, and you help your backyard…with minimal work!! At first it may take more work, but over time, your backyard will become self-sustaining and you won’t have to work as hard…other than harvesting. I love the life lessons that I learn from nature, so what I promise to do is share a lesson that I’ve learned from nature each week, share what I’m learning about permaculture, and share my own personal progress in changing my homestead into a permaculture Garden of Eden. And since it’s hard to make any changes in life, I want to have some free giveaways once in awhile…all nature themed of course, to help all of us remember our ‘green’ family. Read a few articles, see if you like what is there, if you do, go ahead and subscribe. If you don’t like what you see, that’s ok, I’m honored that you took the time to get to know me a little and see my vision for my blog and my life.
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2 Responses to Diversity

  1. rlmrdl says:

    I’ve been planting our 10 acres as fast as I can (not as fast as I’d like) for 2 years now. Even if I plant only those things I think are useful, I have huge diversity, whether they are herbs and flowers like calendula, borage, comfrey, phacelia, chamomile, feverfew, thyme, artichoke, rosemary, lavender, lupins etc, they all have their “uses” to me but already many of them are endemic, seeding themselves across an increasingly colourful landscape. The same applies to trees like tagasaste and fig or shrubs like currants, all reproducing the,selves (often with some help from me) and filling our world with colour and variety. Lets not forget the NZ natives that we transplant into new places as they spring up, flaxes in windbreaks an along edges, near ponds etc, cabbage trees, P Eugenioides and on and on; every one with a “purpose”.

    If I’m lucky, I might live long enough to finish with the useful ones and start on the beautiful for their own sake.

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    • Mimic Nature says:

      Sounds like you have a nice diversity going on! I’m just starting this year so I am starting with the different plants that will give me food, but I do have a few that I got on clearance last year that don’t give food. Look for clearance items and you can start on the beautiful ones now 🙂 Just my thoughts though… I hope my place is as good as yours in 2 years, you are doing great at giving back to the land.


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