Goshen News, Goshen, IN

November 2, 2012

DIRT ON GARDENING: Animals are some of the busiest gardeners on Earth

By TOM YODER
COLUMNIST

— God in his wisdom created the perfect plan for sustaining life on this earth by making gardeners out of all of us.

Humans toil to reproduce our food source each year by tilling the earth, planting the seed and reaping the crops it produces.

Our wildlife too, unwittingly (or maybe not), till the soil, plant the seed and reap what they sow.

Just watch the amazing activity of all the wildlife in their everyday life. They are constantly scratching or digging for food or plucking berries or fruit from a bush or tree.

Birds eat the seeds to sustain their life but in their lively activity also spread or drop seeds in other various places that will repopulate that species of plant life and on and on this activity regenerates all plant life.

Like a bird, a squirrel hunts for nuts to eat for nutrition and in the fall he too hunts voraciously for nuts to bury to sustain him through the cold winter months. Unknowingly (and maybe not) they are not all found and will sprout and grow into more trees to produce even more nuts.

Every living species has its own “God-given” plan to survive and they are very good at it, toiling endlessly day after day searching for food and unknowingly (or maybe not) by scratching, digging and planting have perfected their own sustainability.

Every form of wildlife has a different way to not only keep their species from extinction but in the process keeps many other forms of plant life from extinction as well.



The only time this is interrupted is by a natural disaster or by human error. This is why we, as humans, have a greater responsibility to protect some of the disappearing species that we find because each has their place in God’s plan.

Look at one of the efforts that have been saved from near extinction — our national symbol, the bald eagle. From a dwindling few they have been protected and now, with some help from us, have reproduced to the thousands. Spottings have even been found in our area, which is rare indeed.

Not all creatures are seed and vegetation eaters however, some are flesh eaters — but it all remains in God’s plan —- the weak are eliminated and the strong survive to complete the circle and build an even stronger species. All are interconnected in one way or another to repopulate the planet and sustain life.



So, the next time you feel tired and exhausted from working in the garden or the fields, think about all the birds and the critters and the animals and the sea life with all they have to do to just stay alive. It makes our toils seem a little less significant.

All critters would appreciate a helping hand by placing seed or suet or peanuts and the like within reach to supplement their daily search for food.

On a comical note, told to me recently, was the story of several squirrels that co-operated in taking apart a fall decoration that contained several of the small decorative pumpkins and then proceeded to struggle and drag them across the yard to a nearby tree where they gorged themselves. I can’t say I even knew squirrels liked pumpkin, but now I know different — thanks Karen Holden.