My environmental contribution
Today it's more important than ever to do something for our nature. Climate change and species extinction are just a few reasons we encounter in the 21st century. We're all connected with each other, living in symbiosis with mother nature. Even the smallest beings affect us more than most of us are aware of.
My contribution so far
I planted a couple of trees and started a multi-seasonal flower meadows
The flower meadow project
In 2022 I decided to use some of the lawn and turn it into flower meadows. This is a brief description of the steps necessary to repair the soil for planting the flowers that shall build a home for insects like bees and butterflies.
The land that was intended to become a flower meadow was lawn. I basically enhanced the area quite a bit by cutting the embankment next to the neighbor’s field. Raking the earth from it onto the area.
Next up I used my Ferguson TEA-20 and a tiny plow to turn over the ground and prepare it for the next steps. Though it was more difficult than expected with this implement, I needed to go through the ground multiple times to end up with the result in the next image …
Preparing the soil
Since the result was worse than expected I needed to pull out the sods by hand.
After removing the sods, it was time to rake the rough soil so that seeding can begin. The overall time of preparation took several days. It was much harder than originally expected, but I had a clear goal in mind.
Now it was time to spread the seeds onto the soil and rake it in.
It was important in the first step after seeding to keep the soil moist in the first 3-4 weeks until the seeds begin to sprout.