Ph. by Vittorio Peretto
Data analysis shows that there is an increasingly extreme polarization between wild and urban: “once the villages were extensions of the landscapes, today there are more and more landscapes without people”.
It is like a tendency towards schizophrenia: on the one hand, the continuous growth of cities engulfs the countryside, creating liminal zones, the realm of the unexpected and often of non-native species, on the other the ever greater reduction of primary forests – and of Wilderness (> Sensitive nature and the song of the Giants of America) – corresponds to a huge wilding of the territories, where the growth of forests continues, but which are the same from a biotic point of view. Never since the early Middle Ages had we had more woods and prairies than cultivated areas, so much so that following the data, the woods advance at the same speed as urban areas.
Starting from these assumptions, there is perhaps a third way: to inhabit one’s own place again, to take care of one’s landscape. It does not mean exploiting it, using it, making use of it, but taking care of it, learning its language, to be aware of what you are doing, and create a relationship. The rediscovery of small villages (> Travelling into a lake landscape and Corenno Plinio) is also the rediscovery of a way of living, made of care and respect, stories and tales, relationship with one’s places.
So taking care of, listening to the landscape again, making gardens out of it.
Be careful, however, the garden is changing and must change (> Discover the Forest Garden)
Some advice from the landscape architect Vittorio Peretto, Thinkers Group, for your garden after abandonment, or “Eco Garden” or “Third Landscape Garden”
from Vittorio Peretto, Creative Group of Orticolario
♣ A. Do not consider the soil as an inert mass of crumbled rocks: it is instead an ecological structure, built by living creatures. Bacteria, fungi, plants and animals (90% of which are still unnamed) cooperate knowingly. The chemical attraction of the plant for certain types of bacteria or others changes according to its actual needs. So let it do it
♣ B. Learn to work with low water consumption and use rainwater
♣ C. Do not be afraid of insects: with the rest they work together to create a real ecosystem, which will be more resilient, less expensive
♣ D. Use materials for your garden with as little packaging as possible and materials with a high reabsorption capacity
♣ E. Nullus locus sine genio: take care of what is already there and let it grow
♣ F. Enhance spontaneous vegetation by creating paths rather than green fields where there are none
♣ G. Think of your garden as a way to talk to living beings and not as an object to use
♣ H. Think of the garden not as a place of control, but as a space and reality free to self-determination
♣ I. Do not create from scratch but learn to maintain