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.
- Provide a wide variety of plants
It is the most important and perhaps even the only approach. In order to start an ecological cycle in your garden, it is important that you serve all players in your garden a little. The birds, butterflies, bees, worms, insects and underground organisms all have their own preferences in terms of food to live on and environment to stay in. It turns out that the native plants, or the species that naturally occurred in our country, are the most favored by many insects, butterflies and bees. For certain species you even need host plants . And of course there are all kinds of wish lists for butterflies , bees and birds .
- 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 have to make sure 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.