In simple terms it means to garden without the use of man made chemicals, which means that there are no quick fix artificial feeding regimes or weed killing blitzes.
A holistic attitude is required and an acceptance of things being not quite perfect, or to rephrase it, “Perfect is not right,!” has to be believed.
In order to have an environment working in harmony there has to be a fluctuation of pest damage followed by predatory control from the beneficial insects.
On visiting those so called perfect show gardens, my stomach usually turns over, they are often the reason that so many gardeners feel the need to spray everything at least twice a week, but why try to emulate these artificial gardens, when the real thing is astoundingly so much better. ?
Look at perfection, and try to see the pressurized spray canisters and the chemical granules scattered everywhere, and somehow it does not look that great anymore, compared to a natural meadow where chemicals have not been used for many years.
Walk through ancient woodlands on Dartmoor, where chemicals have never been used, and realise that a natural balance is possible without mans intervention. ( All these ancient woodlands are now being watched with the help of the woodland trusts new woodland watch scheme.)
Hard work and a physical intervention is required, but working with nature and not against it, is so much easier than trying to destroy everything in order to grow a few unsuitable species.
Lots of small areas of sterile lawns soon become vast prairies untouchable land. It is no good criticizing the felling of the ancient rain forests, while sitting at home in a sterile weed free environment lacking of insects and birds.
The perfect lawn may be the cause of the death of so many bees over the last few years, no one is quite sure what is killing them.
The English countryside and its gardens are not an extension of the ever expanding golf clubs, it is they, that are the artificial intrusion into the natural way of things, play golf by all means, but please do not try to cover all of England with mini golf course replicas at home, or fell ancient woodlands to create new courses .
I am sure that the national lawn treatment companies must be rubbing their hands every time a new golf course is built.
But please remember that without the bee and its pollination of so many vegetables and fruits, mankind would probably starve.
Suddenly the imperfect lawn looks a heck of a lot better to me.