Plant Protection

It all begins with the right choice of plants for the right location. Plants which are the best suited for a certain spot in the garden will have a head start and will be naturally more resilient to garden pests. A good feed at the right moment, expertly performed pruning and an annual mulch additionally support growth. In combination with the right neighbours, plants support each other and will attract beneficial organisms like predatory insects (such as devouring aphids), birds and toads. If, despite of all these measures, your garden is still heavily infested with pests, there are many natural and sustainable possibilities that promote plant health.

I offer you my advice and assistance on the right choice of plants for your garden as well as how to apply beneficial organisms and compounds to reinvigorate plant growth.

Fruit trees, berry bushes, peppers and tomato plants thrive best when planted next to ‘good’ neighbours. A well thought-through planting plan and crop rotation boost plant resilience and increase cropping

Apple trees need a sunny, not too dry place. To increase the yield and the health of the tree, regular pruning in early spring is necessary.
Pumpkin crops well also in half shade and enjoys growing next to red beet, beans or celleriac
Cherry/sour cherry grows best when planted as solitaire
Lettuce thrives next to onions, carrots, leek or beans.

You will find lots of helpers in a biodynamic garden – hedgehogs or toads gorging slugs, lacewings and lady birds devouring aphids and of course (wild) bees, bumblebees, butterflies and wasps pollinating fruit trees. They all need food and shelter. You can build insect hotels and leave small parts of the garden ‘untouched’. Intercropping combined with a good selection of blossoming plants for the different seasons of the year provide a good food supply for them throughout the year. The balance will not happen in just one day, but it’s worth the wait!

Edible Frog
common water frog
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