Sustainable and climate-friendly garden?
A garden that sums up life, lots of flowers and which is simultaneously sustainable, absorbs CO2 and can absorb large amounts of rainwater. Is that even possible?
Yes it is, but your garden is not going to look like anything from Bo Better or a nice English garden. We simply need to rethink garden design and our expectations of a garden.
I might as well acknowledge that I’m never going to get a 100% climate-friendly garden. As I’ve told you before, Sigurd wants to have lawn all over the garden. No praying, only grass and tiles. If it was up to me, half of the garden would be laid out to the “forest” and the rest would be divided between perennial, vegetable garden, terrace and a bit of lawn.
For us, the garden is an eternal source of discussion and compromise. I think that applies to the vast majority of gardeners. One party would like one, the other something else. I have my beds and at the back of the garden, we have down to the creek a small piece with “forest floor” where there also grows ramsons. I soon have no more space in my beds for more perennials and roses, so I wonder how I can annex a little more of the lawn. However, it is a little difficult as we have a lawn robot and there is a cable dug down all the way around with the lawn. So I’ll have to see if I can persuade the gemal to voluntarily give up a little of the lawn this year.
Climate-friendly – how?
First of all, you need to be clear about what you want.
Therefore, consider the following things:
- Child friendliness – there must be room for playground, swing rack w.m.
- Insect friendliness – would you like to help the insects
- Flowers versus trees and shrubs
- Sun and shade
- Garden parties – space for tent m.m.
- Greenhouse / Orangeri
- Drying area
Last but not least:
- How much work do you put into the garden, every week, every season, every year?
Draw the garden décor
Once you’ve considered how to weight the garden’s décor, now is the time to start drawing the garden. Why is it so important? That’s because you have to find trees and shrubs that have the right height compared to what you can and can plant compared to any neighbors. It’s no use you plant lovely trees that get so tall that they shade the neighbor or lose leaves on his land in the fall. Then the good neighbourliness probably goes pretty fast.
You also need to find the perennials and shrubs that can fit. Some grow quickly and become wide and either kill the other plants or become crooked and ugly. If you choose perennials, expect some types to be dug up and thinned approximately every 5 years. The rest of the time, a perennial bed is almost self-in-his-own.
Where do you want the compost? It is also important to get the sign in. You should be able to empty kitchen waste on the compost all year round, but at the same time the compost should not be as close to the terrace as it can be seen – it is actually just evenly boring to look at. Also remember that you must never put leftovers on the compost, it attracts rats and it sucks.That is, only peels and salad leaves. If necessary, put a fence in front of the compost and you can let an efeu or klematis grow there.