A plea for natural gardens

Please don’t domesticate your garden

I just moved to another city and what I didn’t know was that the one I come from was already very advanced with urban gardening. In Potsdam and also Berlin, a lot of spaces are often used for wild green – urban backyard gardens, balconies overloaded with boxes of herbes and flowers, natural gardens in front of the houses. It’s by far not perfect, there is also lot of grey and sealed up surfaces, but… you can find green wild.

Where I moved now, many people at least for my first impression seem to like quite well-arranged gardens. Or even non all.

It looks tidy, that’s true. And this one definitively doesn’t make a lot work. True, too.

But wouldn’t it be great and even more fun to have more green, more colors, more nature in our cities? Maybe even edibles? One fun fact is that you can garden and green up spaces nearly everythere with everything.

A drawer with lavender, a little sunflower and some other late-bloomers

And nature wants to come back, even if we don’t do anything at all.

A rowanberry and a young maple

There are a couple of marvellous points about having more nature in the city: It deeply improves our life quality as we’re just enjoying our surrounding so much more. Plants and trees filter the air and therefore provide fresh, clean air. Greened up spaces close to buildings as the one you just saw, help to survive heavy rain precipitation as they absorb a part of the rainfall which otherwise would overflood our caves.

This permeable pavement is a parking spaces and a green space at the same time. It’s efficiently able to absorb and store water during heavy precipitations. In addition these green surfaces evaporate water again during hot times and cool down the micro climate.

A green parking space – isn’t that wonderful?

If you allow wild spaces in your garden, you’ll with a high probability find something to eat, even next to something very decorative as the nettles on the following pictures. Nettles are very healthy and can be prepared as spinach or as a tea (see one of my other posts).

Fresly washed nettles next to decorative groundcovers

You can basically find food everythere:

Chive on a balcony

Sometimes it might not be so visible. Here dandelion which you can prepare as a salad:

Dandelion: best use the young leaves for a salad

Or provide it for someone else:

pink hawthorn is a rich food source for many insects (the flowers) as well as birds (the fruits)

Urban green can serve many purposes. Here it offers an uplifting walk-through:

Quinces in a hospital garden

In general urban green and gardens in the city are so beautiful:

Gold varnish and poppies

Have a happy Pentecost.

Veröffentlicht von Christine Heybl

Ich habe zum Thema 'Klimagerechtigkeit' promoviert, Hauptfach Philosophie, Nebenfach Biologie. Ziel war es zum Thema Nachhaltigkeit, herauszuarbeiten, dass durch den Klimawandel Menschenrechtsverletzungen entstehen und wir daher die Verpflichtung haben, in allen Bereichen der Gesellschaft eine nachhaltige, ökologisch-vertretbare Lebensweise einzuführen, die die Menschenrechte aller Individuen sowohl heute als auch in Zukunft möglich macht und schützt. Ich bin sehr Nachhaltigkeitsthemen interessiert, zurzeit v.a. an nachhaltigem Konsum, organischer Landwirtschaft und Permakultur.

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