Let’s not be ashamed of our flower gardens!
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. The latter are becoming increasingly rare because of pollution. A good way to keep them coming back is to offer them beautiful flowers to forage on. So why not leave your lawn trimmed to the millimetre and let nature take over? This is what is known as the concept of free garden .
Whoever wants to start a free garden must know the basics! But don’t worry, we’ll explain it to you so it won’t be too complicated. It starts with simply letting nature do its job no need to accompany her and show her what to do, she knows it better than anyone! The rest is not more difficult, it is necessary 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 ! As a reminder, perennials are species that will grow back naturally for at least 2 years after their 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 to the Planet and to your dishes
|With aromatic plants||With fruits and vegetables|
Mint – Be careful not to let yourself be invaded, why not plant it in a pot?
Alcea mallow – Little info: This pretty plant can be cooked like spinach, this has long been the case near the Pyrenees.
And don’t forget the fruit trees!
To bloom your garden
|… in summer||… and in winter|
|Lavender – + 1 point for its sweet smell |
Aster and Dwarf Aster
Beware, however, of certain species of perennials. Several species can charm you with their pretty foliage but beware they can be invasive. Invasive plants will have no qualms about multiplying and taking over your new outdoor paradise, even killing off your favorite natives.
Here’s a little memo to help you get to know Belgium’s invasives better and be able to 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 the totality of the plants of which you must be wary in your garden, do not hesitate to click on the name of the one which intrigues you to have more information on its subject.
This article was inspired by an action carried out in Belgium: “In May, mowing at a standstill”. Le Vif, in partnership with the Adalia association and the Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech faculty (ULiège), encouraged gardeners to leave their lawnmowers in the closet during the month of May in order to observe the reaction of biodiversity. On this occasion the BioPlanner platform was created to list 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!
Now that you’ve got the basics down, don’t hesitate to put your mower away for the summer and keep yourself informed for the 2022 edition of In May mowing at a standstill .
To know all the native plants of Belgium : click here