Biodivers are now used in the same way as ‘sustainable’ and ‘climate-adaptive’ are used. In a broader context and in conjunction with each other. For us, a biodiverse garden is a garden where as many species of plants, animals, critters and organisms as possible feel at home. Biodivers is in fact an ideal living environment.
HOW DO YOU GET A BIODIVERSE GARDEN?
It’s easier than you think. We are happy to give you some direction.
- Zorg voor een grote gevarieerdheid aan planten
Het is de belangrijkste en misschien zelfs de enige aanpak. Om een ecologische kringloop in je tuin op gang te brengen is het van belang dat je alle spelers in je tuin een beetje bedient. De vogels, de vlinders, de bijen, de wormen, de insecten en de ondergrondse organismen hebben allemaal zo hun eigen voorkeur qua voeding om van te leven en omgeving om in te verblijven. Wat blijkt is, dat de inheemse planten, of te wel de soorten die van nature in ons land voorkwamen, het meest favoriet zijn bij heel veel insecten, vlinders en bijen. Voor bepaalde soorten heb je zelfs waardplanten nodig. En verder zijn er natuurlijk allerlei verlanglijstjes voor vlinders, bijen en vogels.
- Provide the right growing conditions
You have to choose the right plants in the right place in advance. When making your choice, take moisture, drought, sun and shade into account. After that you are of course not there yet. You have to keep optimizing the underground conditions . It keeps the plants vital and resistant to all kinds of possible diseases and ailments.
- Monitor the ecological cycle
A biodiverse garden is not just a garden with many different types of plants. Your garden is also biodiverse if a lot of critters feel at home there. The chosen plants must therefore have a relationship with, among other things, the soil life. You have to ensure that soil life can continue to develop in order to play their role in the ecological cycle.
Because certain ‘critters’ should not come too much, you must ensure that enough ‘natural enemies’ visit your garden. Hedgehogs and birds eat snails, ladybugs love lice. The birds and hedgehogs need to feel safe, so provide leaves on the bottom for the hedgehogs to hide under and hedges where birds can nest and be comfortable.
- Go for continuity
Sustainable, climate-adaptive, healthy and biodiverse are things that everyone likes to associate with. ‘Look at me being sustainable!’ A bit of a strange comment, perhaps is that real gardening has always been sustainable, climate-oriented and biodiverse. It was kind of a natural approach that was passed down from generation to generation. What we would wholeheartedly advocate for is continuity. Look at the correlation of all kinds of factors and listen to your garden. Sowing a multi-flowered field mixture will not make your garden biodiverse. It is a comprehensive and above all a long-term process that you have to choose sincerely.
Your garden is an interaction, which, if properly executed and facilitated by you, leads to a fantastic living environment for humans and animals.
Also look at:
- What is a healthy soil
- What is a climate-adaptive garden
- What is a sustainable garden