Germany: Allotment gardeners help with climate protection

Plants that encourage insects, a natural garden pond and a small solar array on the shed roof: at the International Green Week Berlin 2018 (19-28 Jan.) urban allotment gardeners from Berlin, Brandenburg and Lower Saxony will be showing how their efforts contribute to climate protection. Under the slogan ‘Allotments – source of diversity’ these amateur gardeners will be staging their display on a typical plot, measuring some 250 square metres, in Hall 2.2, the Floral Hall. This presentation will feature numerous ornamental plants and different types of vegetables. These are ideal for mixed cultivation because a carefully planned combination of different varieties ensures that the soil is constantly being cultivated and thereby protected against erosion. This is also a good way to prevent the spread of pests and plant diseases.

How can a well mown lawn be transformed into a meadow with wild herbs, or a solid patio roof be turned into a flexible awning? – Gardening enthusiasts are inviting visitors to come and discuss ideas about gardening close to nature, and will also be providing advice about allotment cultivation. They will also be using fascinating environmental experiments to reveal to young and old alike how gardening can benefit the climate. Joining the Berlin Regional Association of Gardening Enthusiasts in this display is the Mitte District Schools Environmental Centre / Gardening School. Rounding off the display by the allotment gardeners will be an entertaining and informative programme on the stage, presented by radioBERLIN 88,8.

For more information:
Landesverband Berlin der Gartenfreunde e.V.
www.gartenfreunde-berlin.de

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