Communal gardens in a strata environment are terrific for bringing like-minded people together. Everybody can get involved, from kids to retirees, and you’ll also end up with some delicious fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs to share around. Whether it’s a rooftop garden, a small patch in the yard or a full greenhouse setup, all communal gardens need biodiversity in order to thrive. Here’s how to ensure your garden has the biodiversity it needs.
What is biodiversity?
Biodiversity in gardens means creating a healthy ecosystem of plants and wildlife working together. Of course, you don’t want your garden overrun with unwanted animals or pests, but certain insects and even birds play a role in creating a diverse, healthy garden. Building a space where all types of plants can flourish is the main reason to promote biodiversity in communal gardens.
Here are the important considerations.
Use native plants
While many might think that biodiversity means having as many different plants as possible, this isn’t actually the case. In a communal garden, you should try to stick with plants that are native to the local area. Usually, these are the only plants that help to support the insects and wildlife of your specific location.
Introducing non-native species can actually threaten the growth of native plants, especially if their presence means that vital garden insects stay away. There are numerous reasons why native plants and crops grow better, so stick with these wherever possible.
You might think insects will ruin your crops, but on the contrary, most plants need pollinating insects in order to thrive. Even in an urban environment, you can attract plenty of bees, ladybirds and butterflies that are crucial to the long-term life of your plants. So, even if you’re more focused on growing fruits and vegetables, it never hurts to have some pollinating insects around to help your garden thrive. Ensure you use a range of plants that attract such insects, and watch your garden bloom!
Good bugs and bad bugs
We’ve talked about the importance of allowing some insects into your garden, but there are also some you want to keep away. Naturally, you’ll want good protection around your garden to prevent animals from ruining your crops. But insects such as ladybirds, some bird species and even frogs can help to take care of the unwanted bugs because they feed on them. Try to stay away from the use of chemicals, as this usually harms the overall biodiversity of an area.
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