Theory Slam - like Poetry Slams except folks present a theory – 7.00 P.M. Monday 05.01.2009 at the Urban Cafe, Dance City, Newcastle.
SUMMARY OF NATIVE-GARDENING TALK – 2009 THEORY-SLAM
"Green"/ecological gardening is native gardening, and vegetables, plus other consumables, should be the only exotic-flora we plant or hybridise - as doing so can help limit food-miles, etc. By filling our other garden spaces with natives, we limit the risk of foreign-diseases and -pests, plus use less water and other resources, whilst aiding the native-fauna that, over the centuries, evolved with them. (Even high-nectar exotics, such as Buddleia, that are very attractive to some native-fauna, should be avoided, because they upset nature's/God's balance – God created evolution, too, that is.)
Our green gardens, with their veggies and natives (harvest and habitat), can be made still-greener by the addition of compost heaps/bins; a wildlife pond – for native frogs, newts, and so on, rather than exotic goldfish; bee- and bird-boxes, plus carefully-selected regularly-cleaned feeders; rain- and grey-water butts; by growing everything organically - including thrifty home-propagation, plus species-swapping; and by leaving some lush neglected patches, decaying branches, etc.
P.S: whilst our selection of indoor plants is, logically, not as critical to the ecology of our greater environment, I still choose natives, such as English ivy/Hedera helix.