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De Tuinen van Appeltern wholeheartedly supports all initiatives such as De Week van De Groene Tuin, which contribute to more climate-adaptive gardens in the Netherlands. Even though we have been working on this all year round, a week of extra attention together with our support partners Stichting Steenbraak, Milieu Centraal, NL Greenlabel and others is always good.


Every day in The Week of the Green Garden , a tip is given about how you can make your garden climate more adaptive. We have listed them for your convenience.

  1. De-stone your garden
    We also think that it is an excellent starting point. But it’s also slightly easier said than done. After all, which bricks or tiles should you remove first? Your garden must also remain a bit functional, and how do you ensure that your garden also has a beautiful appearance. The most important thing is that you are willing to give up pavement for planting. From that moment on it gets easier. You then have to make sure that there is enough pavement left for your terrace and paths, 1/3 of the total surface. The greenery chosen, 2/3 of your garden, should vary in height and be planted in such a way as to create intimacy and depth. At the request of a housing corporation we came up with the Alegrotuin concept, a method for designing a green functional garden with few resources.
  2. Give your garden healthy soil.
    Healthy soil is the basis for a successful garden. You have to work on healthy soil. You can’t just conjure that out of a bag. A healthy soil means that it is nutritious, that it allows water to pass through well, but that it also retains it sufficiently, that both plants and ‘animals’ feel at home in it and, finally, that you enjoy working in it yourself. The funny thing is that you should leave a healthy soil alone as much as possible. In fact, you have to let the plants and soil life do all the work. With a new garden you have to create the right basic conditions. You have to make sure that all kinds of organisms feel at home there. This is possible with as much organic material and biological fertilizers as possible. The soil structure must be generously open and preferably not consist of pure clay or sand, but of a combination. After planting, leave as many leaves and cut perennials as possible on the substrate. After a while, the beginning of a healthy soil arises automatically. In theOude Tuin van Appeltern we experience the positive consequences of healthy soil every day. The plants are doing great, we don’t spray them and there are hardly any weeds growing.
  3. Go planting and sowing
    Sowing and planting is the most enjoyable job there is. “He who plants a tree believes in the future!” and “He who sows reaps happiness”, are wisdoms that underline the importance of sowing and planting. But of course you are first the most favored of the sowing and planting work. There is a huge difference between sowing and planting. When sowing , you first have to grow the plant from seeds, while when you plantstarts right away with the plant. Sowing is therefore less and less done in addition to the vegetable garden. Maybe we just got a little impatient with each other. Either way, it’s about the fun of raising and growing it yourself. Once the virus gets to you, it won’t let go. It applies to total gardening. Once the balance between ‘working time’ and ‘revenue’ has been found, the deepening in more and better follows. A Dahlia that blooms even longer, a standard string bean that tastes even better. In practice, the oldest, native plant species prove to be the best. Insects think the same, which in turn is good for a responsible natural cycle. Have a look at ” Are there plants that are frequently visited by butterflies “
  4. Stimulate biodiversity
    Biodiversity stands for as many different plants as possible that have a ‘fun’ time among themselves and that together take care of as many ‘critters’ as possible. This concerns birds, butterflies, bees, worms, but also snails and micro-organisms in the soil. For convenience, we often say, if you create a garden that makes you happy, it is usually also good for the animals. At that moment you actually have a biodiverse garden. In a garden that should make everyone happy, we always assume that 2/3 consists of high and low plants with one or more solitary plants. If the whole of the Netherlands were to plant its garden with that standard, our collective biodiversity would take on paradisiacal forms. We understand, of course, that additional measures can be taken in addition to the basic obligation for sufficient planting. Provide plants where every bird, butterfly, bee and hedgehog feels at home. There must be something to get (nectar and berries) and preferably also something to drink, but it must also be safe. The more diverse the plant and animal life, the better. In addition to all this, remember that you have to start thinking “naturally”. Too many lice have to be ‘limited’ with ladybugs and too many snails with nematodes. Living in biodiversity is a way of thinking and acting naturally. Read more about this at: ” Too many lice have to be ‘limited’ with ladybugs and too many snails with nematodes. Living in biodiversity is a way of thinking and acting naturally. Read more about this at: ” Too many lice have to be ‘limited’ with ladybugs and too many snails with nematodes. Living in biodiversity is a way of thinking and acting naturally. Read more about this at: “How can I control unwanted pests in my garden ”.
  5. Make your garden climate-proof
    When exactly is a garden climate-proof? It’s the same question as ‘when will your garden be climate-adaptive’? How do you ensure that your garden can withstand the current and changing climatic conditions, such as heavier rain showers and storms, more extreme temperature differences, both cold and warm. And then also longer periods of drought and heavy rainfall. You can take a whole series of measures. All kinds of things in your garden have an influence. Healthy soil ensures healthy plants and good water management is important with too much or too little water. Sufficient planting ensures less heating of your garden and natural insulation of your house. The right plant in the right place ensures that you don’t have to spray much in dry times. And if you limit the height, not much can blow. Coherence is important in everything. You only get healthy soil if there is also a good biological cycle in your garden. For that, ‘critters’ have to feel at home and safe in your garden. There must be food and moisture for them. You can find more information about this at: “What is a climate adaptive garden »
  6. Prevent diseases and pests
    Healthier plants mean less care time and a better garden feeling for people and animals. Your garden is one big ecosystem where all factors are interrelated. A healthy soil can only be obtained with sufficient planting and appropriate care. If the growing conditions are not okay, the plants will become more susceptible to diseases.
    The right plants must also be chosen in advance for the right place. A naturally dry soil requires different types than a standard moist soil. The same goes for sun and shade. If you take these things into account and you also let the garden do its work itself by not removing everything, there are simply hardly any diseases and pests. If these unexpectedly happen, a natural approach is best. Bugs versus bugs. Birds and hedgehogs like to eat the abundance of snails in your garden, but then those birds and hedgehogs must be able to hide under leaves and in hedges, and there must also be something to drink for them. Everything in your garden is connected. A wonderful process to follow and guide in collaboration with Mother Nature. Have a look at: “Leaf facts.. You don’t have to clear the leaf “.
  7. Opt for sustainable design and maintenance
    . Sustainability is a kind of container concept; everyone gives it their own interpretation. That is not surprising when you know on how many fronts sustainability is used. You can produce products sustainably, you can buy products that are sustainable and last a long time, you can ensure a sustainable relationship with your garden, friends and acquaintances, with sustainable care products you prevent environmental damage and finally you are working sustainably if you do nothing. does, uses nothing, leaves everything as it was and keeps you healthy.

Quite a lot of all. We think it takes a good dose of common sense to understand what is and what is not sustainable. If you spray or spray when you could have prevented it, it is not sustainable. If you lay your entire garden full of sustainably produced tiles, that is not sustainable. If you put the wrong plant in the wrong place, it is not sustainable. Buying new furniture or a new barbecue every year is not sustainable. And we could go on like this for a while. So use common sense and keep in mind that sustainability is also used to seduce you.
See what we mean by a sustainable garden at: ” What is a sustainable garden? “.

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