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Kortrijk, BE
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Update from our mini oasis

Project: Urban garden

Posted by Basil Laleman almost 9 years ago

What's happening in our 50m2 garden?

Update from our mini oasis 

Year after year this garden feels more alive. Ornamentals, spices and wild herbs are continuously flowering throughout the year. Very much appreciated by a high diversity of life. Bumblebees, bees, butterflies, birds,… are around from dawn till dusk. Unfortunately all the cats from the neighborhood seem to like our garden over their own, not only using it as a place to litter, but also to meet, hang out and scare the birds away! It feels really nice to sit back and enjoy the scene of birds playing in the plum tree, eating the fruit we can’t reach.

Many wild flowers are allowed to behave like tourists, they come and go as they please. Picking unripe seed buds by hand prevents total invasion.  

The choice was made to grow mostly fruit and berries so there’s quite a lot of shade in the garden which somewhat limits the potential for vegetable growing. A small allotment garden in the center well compensates this “loss”. The shade does create a lovely tension around the garden, and allows some forest cover plants to establish wonderfully. Ferns, a mix of strawberry species and some ornamentals feel really good here. Gooseberries and rhubarb seem to thrive well even in the darkest shade. It’s been a good year for our fruit and berries, we’ve been enjoying them almost every single day since early June.

In here, the city center feels far away, it’s becoming a true miniature paradise garden, a perfect escape from reality or a perfect place to experience true reality. Depends on how you look at it…


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