I wondered how the woods would fare without my care. I have defended, amended, and tended the woods for about 8 yrs. First I had to talk Joe into letting me clean it up. He felt it unsafe, because of barbed wire fencing and other hazardous things. I finally just went ahead and started hauling things out of there. I started adding things as soon as the job was done. Many trees, bushes, wildflowers, etc. Then I had this huge undertaking to take care of, and I did it well until this year. Now I have just let it go and I'm finding out that it is much more the way I originally intended it to be....before I got crazy with clearing and planting. I wanted it to be natural and natural is what it is today.
As I sat there watching and listening...I found that there are weeds...of course...but in among the weeds are pretty wild flowers, butterflies, many more varieties of birds, and from the rustling I heard...some little creatures running around unseen. All these creatures didn't seem to mind me sitting there for a while...they are used to me by now. With all the variety and birdsong...I'm sure I heard them thanking me for just letting it be.