Grow a forest in your backyard
We can grow them right where we are, even in cities
Instead of viewing nature as something outside of cities and neighborhoods, where forests and "wild" spaces exist only in designated parks and preserves, perhaps it's high time more of us embraced and nurtured our own little section of wilderness right in our own backyards. All too often our yards tend to take after someone else's idea of proper landscaping, with a heavy focus on lawns, popular trees, shrubs, and ornamentals, all with their own designated space. And yet this approach runs counter to how nature does things and can end up using more resources (time, fuel, chemicals, water) to achieve less.

Forests don't have to be far-flung nature reserves, isolated from human life. Instead, we can grow them right where we are -- even in cities. Eco-entrepreneur and TED Fellow Shubhendu Sharma grows ultra-dense, biodiverse mini-forests of native species in urban areas by engineering soil, microbes and biomass to kickstart natural growth processes. Follow along as he describes how to grow a 100-year-old forest in just 10 years, and learn how you can get in on this tiny jungle party.

                                  And we will meet in the woods far far away from this hustle and bustle… and share love and sunshine.                                                                                                                                                                      Avijeet Das

How to grow a forest in your backyard | Shubhendu Sharma
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