Let's not be ashamed of our flower gardens!

by | June 24, 2021 | Compost, Ecology

Stop mowing your garden to help the planet? A solution that can ease the guilt of the busiest of us who can't keep a perfect lawn all summer. Although this idea may seem surprising, stopping mowing your lawn can help our little friends the pollinators. These are becoming increasingly rare due to pollution. A good way to bring them back is to offer them beautiful flowers to forage on. So why not leave your lawn cut to the millimetre and let nature take over? This is what is known as the free garden.

If you want to start a free garden you need to know the basics! But don't worry, we'll explain it to you so it doesn't get too complicated. It starts with just let nature do its jobYou don't have to show her what to do, she knows it better than anyone! The rest is no more difficult, you have to make room for the native plants.

For the record, native plants are those that grow naturally in your garden, like daisies for example.

Finally, to work hand in hand with Mother Nature you can also use your shovel and potting soil to grow perennials ! Perennials are plants that will grow back naturally for at least 2 years after planting. An idea to use that good potting soil you have at the bottom of the garden while giving the pollinators new flowers to feast on.

Here are some ideas for perennials to complement your new garden.

To do good for the Planet and your food

With aromatic plantsWith fruit and vegetables
Thyme
Rosemary
Laurel
Sage
Celery
Oregano
Green sorrel
Mint - Be careful not to be overrun, why not plant it in a pot?
Wasabi daruma
Tarragon
Chives
Mallow - A little information: This pretty plant can be cooked like spinach, which has long been the case near the Pyrenees.
Perpetual leek
Onion rocambole
Garlic rocambole
Rhubarb ribbed
Asparagus
Strawberry
Not forgetting the fruit trees!

 

To make your garden bloom

 

... in summer... and in winter
Lavender - + 1 point for its sweet smell
Dianthus
Delosperma
Periwinkle
Daisies
Coreopsis
Agapanthus
Heuchera
Perennial Geranium
Iris
Christmas Rose
Chrysanthemums
Winter Heather
Aster and Dwarf Aster
Cyclamen
Eragrostis
Primeval

However, beware of certain species of perennials. Many species can charm you with their pretty foliage, but beware that they can be invasive. Invasive plants have no qualms about multiplying and taking over your new outdoor paradise, even killing off your favourite natives.

Here's a little memo to help you learn more about invasive species in Belgium and play superhero by protecting the lives of your beloved plants.

The little info Some invasive plants are exotic plants that have been introduced by man.

The memo is far from being exhaustive, so for you to be really well informed about invasive plants in Belgium, we leave you the complete list: invasive plants in Belgium. This list presents all the plants that you should watch out for in your garden, so don't hesitate to click on the name of the one that intrigues you to get more information about it.

This article was inspired by an action carried out in Belgium: "In May, mow to the stop". Le Vif, in partnership with the Adalia association and the Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech faculty (ULiège), encouraged garden owners to leave their lawnmowers in the wardrobe during the month of May in order to observe the reaction of biodiversity. On this occasion, the BioPlanner platform was created to list the garden and biodiversity areas and also to give advice on what to plant and how.

What a nice surprise to see the following figures after 1 month of experience!

Infographic in May Mowing at a standstill

Now that you've got the basics, don't hesitate to put your lawnmower away for the summer and keep yourself informed for the 2022 edition ofIn May mowing at a standstill.

To find out about all the native plants in Belgium: click here

Sources
https://www.dmag.fr/fr/inspiration/jardin-nature-libre
https://conseil.manomano.fr/les-23-plantes-vivaces-les-plus-communes-n4226
https://www.aromatiques.fr/108-plantes-aromatiques-vivaces
http://biodiversite.wallonie.be/fr/gerer-les-plantes-invasives.html?IDC=5706
https://www.levif.be/actualite/environnement/en-mai-tonte-a-l-arret-comment-vos-jardins-ont-aide-la-nature/article-normal-1434949.html?utm_source=website&utm_medium=button&utm_campaign=EMTAL

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