14.02.2023

Cheers to the green!

A plea for more courage for green spaces and biodiversity

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Whether you have a lot of space or not, whether you are a young or older gardener: planted areas offer great added value for the climate, animals, and people. Because living and growing up with nature is essential for health and well-being. With the GARDENA Balcony Box, even greenhorns can start their gardening adventure.

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"A beautiful plant is like having a friend around the house" singer Beth Ditto once said. She is right! Plants bring happiness and positive energy to life. And even more: flowering beds provide food and shelter for wildlife. In cities, they cool in the heat and provide clean air. Actually, there can't be enough plants around us.

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A conscious lifestyle is an important step in counteracting the consequences of global warming. This also includes promoting the diversity of plant life. Plants filter pollutants out of the air – the biomass of a single, mature, medium-sized tree, for example, stores up to 500 kilograms of CO₂! Plants cool down heated large cities and provide food and shelter for numerous animals. In the garden, there is an immense variety of flowering perennials, hedge plants, trees and shrubs. It inspires, makes happy and excites, because plants are caresses for the soul.

The diversity counts
Factors such as the loss of green spaces, monocultures or environmental pollution are putting the diversity of animal and plant life in distress. That's why the topic of biodiversity is more topical than ever. What exactly does the word mean? Simply put, if there are as many different species of plants, animals and organisms as possible in the world, nature is at its most balanced. But natural habitats are fading, and the number of species is declining sharply worldwide. "Up to one million species are threatened with extinction, many of them already in the next decades," informs the World Biodiversity Council IPBES. Species extinction today is at least ten to one hundred times higher than the average over the last ten million years, the organization says. The more species disappear, the more fragile the natural balance becomes. If bees are missing pollinating fruit trees, it directly affects the availability of food for humans. Climate change is accelerating species extinction even more.

 

Every square meter makes a difference
Against this background, it becomes clear why even the smallest planted areas are so important for biodiversity. When millions of large or small balconies, tiny backyards or suburban gardens come together, it has a meaning. A small, naturally landscaped space that bees use to collect nectar or where birds nest is possible anywhere, every green space counts.

 Big ideas for small spaces
Many unused places can be transformed into green islands in the concrete gray. Plants that butterflies feed on can grow on windowsills. Vegetables do not need a large bed. They can also grow in pots or in the so-called "square-foot garden". And why doesn't the mailbox have a green roof? If you're creative and look beyond the edge of your plate, you'll discover places everywhere where plants can flourish. Walls can be planted with climbing plants, in whose tendrils a female blackbird might build her nest. Herbs like the water mint are happy about a place in the mini pond – bees and thirsty birds like to quench their thirst here.

Even small trees can grow on terraces or in the backyard. Small greenhouses are also possible, built tall and narrow, they require little space. Salads and microgreens grow in them, i.e. vegetable and herb seedlings that are ready for harvesting after just a few days. If you want to design your balcony creatively, think about it: Can units be combined? For example, the neighbor's balcony from the first floor with your own and that of the neighbor above? Hops can grow over seven meters high in a year – so they definitely reach the third floor.

More ideas for natural gardening are available in the Gardena eBook "Sustainable gardening. Tips and inspiration for colorful garden ecosystem".

Additional material for the correct selection and care of plants can also be found in the press release "The right choice for long plant happiness" as well as in the corresponding info sheets with creative DIYs, for example a step-by-step guide for the perfect green oasis on the balcony.

About Gardena
For over 50 years Gardena has provided everything passionate gardeners need. The broad assortment of products offers innovative solutions and systems for watering, lawn care, tree and shrub care and soil cultivation. Today, Gardena is a leading European supplier of high-quality gardening tools and distributed in more than 100 countries worldwide. Gardena is a brand of Husqvarna Group. Gardena Division has 3,450 employees worldwide. Further information on gardena.com.
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