The small size of our gardens gives us feeling of powerful ownership over other living things. In The Small Garden, Julie Toll instructs the reader, “All plants need regular feeding, and watering in dry spells, to ensure that they look their best and remain healthy enough to resist pests and diseases.”
In my garden, I notice that moss doesn’t need regular feeding and watering. Neither does the grass that wanders through the flowers throughout the beds, or the goldenrod that has now gone to seed. The black walnut saplings that rise every year haven’t been fed or watered by me, yet they hold on with strength as I try to pull them out.
No one was there to feed or water the General Sherman sequoiah, to protect it from pests and diseases. That tree, though it is, I admit, rather scruffy in places, has managed to look its best all on its own.
Perhaps, instead of feeding and watering, we need to find the equivalent of sequoias for our gardens.