Nature Versus Nurture in Gardening and in Life

It’s a fact of life that everything worthwhile takes care and maintenance to stay healthy and beautiful. While there may be days when we wish we could wave a wand to make our home sparkling clean, the truth is that keeping a home running well takes time and effort. Having a beautiful pool means cleaning it regularly and treating it with products that keep the algae away, and even a man-made lake will require regular lake management in order to keep it looking and smelling clean. Nature Versus Nurture Our society has long gone back and forth between the idea of having systems that are orderly and well maintained, versus systems that are wild and organic, like writer Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden Pond.” In his writings, Thoreau followed the tenets of the transcendental movement, which believed that everything natural was good and healthy and that people and nature were in …