I am asked quite often why I grow a great diversity of plants on the verge of my home. I have planted ornamental and fruit trees, herbs and vegetables to flowering shrubs. The reason is quite simple, to me anyway, I want to give homes to the wildlife, bugs and insects and provide food for my family and neighbours as well as the birds, animals and insects. This is biodiversity on a small scale but the results are amazing.
I do not have a plan but if that plant survives it was meant to be there. At present my verge grows Pumpkins and Chillies, Basil and Lemongrass, many types of Ginger, Turmeric and Gal-gal, Dragon fruit, Nasturtiums, Pigeon Peas, Paw Paws and Oregano, just to name a few of the edibles. As far as trees go I have Jacaranda, Poinciana, Hibiscus, Pandana, Buddha Bamboo, and lamandra. There are other little shrubs that are native and endemic to the far North Coast NSW, Australia but I am not sure of all their names.
I would love to see this happen everywhere, what a rich planet we would have.
By Jeff Harper