I came to the idea of sowing a meadow in my back garden in a roundabout way. Having planned my edible forest garden meticulously, I realised that I needed to attract as much wildlife as possible, to aid in its health and development and create a thriving ecosystem. As meadows can support a wide array of wildflowers and grasses, it makes them really important to pollinating insects, including bees, and hence the entire ecosystem.
My meadow is now in its 3rd year and continues to bring joy. This last summer has been a tough one in Denmark. For a country used to a fairly decent amount of rain, it was hot and dry. My lawn pathways turned yellow but my meadow continued to thrive.
This led me to turn another existing lawn area into a wildflower and grass meadow and catalogue my process and progress, in the hope that it will help and inspire others to do the same.
This process will be catalogued as part of an environmental project, called Carry The Earth, this is a direct action environmental art project that asks what you would do if the Earth was in your hands. My meadow may feel like a small drop in the ocean of change but if it inspires even one person to create a meadow, imagine how many insects, bees and in turn other wildlife it will support and continue to do so every year.
The link to my globe #7 blog will be available soon and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
In August a local group I am a member of, called Et Vildere Rudersdal, organised a bike tour taking in the local nature forest and ending up at my garden. The focus was on increasing biodiversity by having a wilder garden. Turnout was impressive….
It is amazing to see how quickly things have become established, in just two short years.
I finally finished my pond, having realised that to truly increase biodiversity in my forest garden I needed to have water as a component. According to the RHS website on how to encourage wildlife to your garden;
“Ideally dig a pond, but a container of water will suffice. The single easiest way to add wildlife value to a garden is to install a pond, however tiny – a large pot or even an inverted dustbin lid in an out-of-the-way spot will do.”
It looks a little bare and is waiting on oxygenators and marginals, which should be available in the next couple of weeks.
Looking forward to seeing the plethora of animals that come to visit.
AKA: Cornelian Cherry.
These are the first I have had from my small cornus mas tree and they taste delicious.
The berries are almost ready to harvest and this was only planted before summer. I have done some research into what to do with them, Pfaf says “use as a cranberry substitute in making, jellies, preserves” but watch out for toxicity…. hmm.
Plants for a future.
Last May I started planting my edible forest garden in my back garden and suffice to say, it has been a steep learning curve. (I had been planning it for at least a year before.) The world of edible forest gardening is huge and with that in mind, I decided to record my journey along the way. So here’s the first post of what my garden looked like at the very beginning, before it all began…