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Permaculture garden in Deurne
Permaculture garden in Deurne
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Antwerp / Deurne, BE
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate

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Permaculture garden in Deurne

Project Type

Urban, Residential

Project Summary

The changeover from a classical suburban garden with a lot of exotic decorative plants to a permaculture garden that idealy would provide all the vegetables and herbes for our family and be a wildlife haven in the neighbourhood.

Project Description

This is a residential plot of +/- 700m (125m) being buildings, in a suburban area of Anwerp.  The back garden has been a vegetablegarden and coop for a long time but the last 20 years or so it has been grass surrounded by very classical decorative garden shrubs most of which are not local and of no ecological or practical use. We have two big trees (10m and more), a birch and a maple, a beech tree that has grown out of the hedge in the back and will be big in 20 years or so. In the same hedge there are also 2 maple trees that were cut to the ground a few times in the past and have grown again over ten six meter tall trunks.  My favorite are 3 beautifull hollytrees (over 3 m high, beautifull!). Luckily these bigger trees are all local. We also have a few big cypres trees that give a lot of shadow which I don't like. Nobody likes them actually, even spiders make no webs in them. And than we have also an old red leafed plum tree which is very decorative, half dead but still gives plums on the other half. The trees attract birds but every year there are less small singing birds. The front and side garden consisted of gras bits surrounded by odd evergreen buxus hedges. There are some more odd buxus-hedges in other parts of the garden. I guess my grandfather-in -law liked to make hedges so I will try to keep them as a tribute.

So what's the plan : To remove the shrubs that are of no ecological value and replace them with shrubs that have fruits or nuts, or are of value for wildlife. Make a vegetable garden and a herb garden (which is important to me being a herbalist). Make wildlife corners. Make a chicken coop.

This is what we started with in the autumn of 2010. In the next updates I will tell what has happened since.


What to do with 'Zevenblad'?

Possible uses for the aggressive weed Aegopodium podagraria, Zevenblad in dutch, Ground Elder or Gautweed in english.

Posted almost 12 years ago (5 comments)


We have chickens now!

Posted about 12 years ago (2 comments)

Dead hedge photo's

Some photo's of my dead hedge

Posted about 12 years ago (3 comments)

Dead hedge

What to do with the prunings?

Posted over 12 years ago (0 comments)

Map and photos

A little map and some photos of our garden.

Posted over 12 years ago (0 comments)

planting and sowing spring 2011

My first sowing and planting

Posted over 12 years ago (0 comments)

Winter 2010-2011

The first changes towards our new permaculture garden.

Posted over 12 years ago (0 comments)
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