Illustration by Márton Zsoldos, referring to a three-part landscape illustration from 1972 by the University of Göttingen.
We as individuals often feel powerless and completely overlook the fact that we are not powerless. We can influence things through our shopping behaviour, for example by buying rarer local fruit and vegetable varieties at markets. Or by planting and maintaining our gardens ecologically. Because in total, 1,850 square kilometres are not nothing! The illustration below shows how it works: the more plant richness - from native flowers, plants, shrubs and trees as well as native fruit and vegetables - the more living organisms settle in the soil, on the ground, in the woods, walls and in the air. The care? Pesticide-free, mechanical (if possible only superficially so as not to disturb and injure the soil organisms and earthworms) and reduced lawn mowing.
A whole range of measures for a healthy flowering garden can be read → here. They have the positive side effect of reducing work and increasing leisure. For a good book under the apple tree, under which, by the way, it is a few degrees cooler than under the parasol in hot weather. The → diversity of the much-maligned nettle, an important herb not only for many butterfly species, is also exciting.
If you only have a balcony, you can also plant bee- and insect-friendly plants there. What applies on a large scale also applies on a small scale. Because every flower counts!Here's to many naturally beautiful gardens and balconies!