Gartenberg instead of Wartenberg: allotment gardens are being revived
Created: 12/16/2022, 12:00 p.m
By: Veronica Power
Proud of the work done: Caroline Brand (centre) from the LBV with many hard-working helpers from the fruit and gardening association and the allotment gardeners.
Growing together and exploring together: This is how you can describe the motto of the allotment garden in the district of Wartenberg.
A few long-established residents were still active, otherwise the area on Pesenlerner Straße lay almost idle for many years.
It was officially reactivated last spring.
– Caroline Brand took the initiative.
As a member of the Landesbund für Vogel- und Naturschutz (LBV) of the Erding district group, she approached Mayor Christian Pröbst with the idea and was met with open ears: "At the time there were already other loose inquiries, so that we immediately awarded the first plots could,” says Pröbst, according to a press release.
The local fruit and gardening association was also immediately enthusiastic and took over an area for the construction of their own community project.
A colorful mix of people interested in gardening quickly grew, which has many advantages: "In the allotment garden, we all learn from each other.
The experienced, tried-and-tested gardeners bring advice and knowledge with them, the younger generation has drive and courage to try out new things,” reports Brand, who has also leased a plot with her partner.
This is how you enrich each other, it is not uncommon for seedlings and packets of seeds to be exchanged.
In addition to the sense of community, an ecological use of the site is also important.
That is why the LBV, under the direction of Chairman Uschi Schmidt-Hoensdorf, planned a bird protection hedge and the creation of a small meadow orchard.
They want to establish more habitat for insects and birds in the open, because this investment pays off not only in the form of a harvest for the tenants, but above all in biodiversity and species diversity.
Therefore, only certified organic, autochthonous, i.e. local, plants were selected.
Furthermore, the greening also visually enhances the area, which is located on one of the access roads to the Wartenberg market.
More than 25 volunteers came to plant, and the weather was kind too: “Fortunately, it stayed dry on the day itself.
The rain of the previous days, on the other hand, proved to be ideal for finding ideal planting conditions.
All in all, the planting window is shifting back due to the warmer climate and a longer vegetation period," explains Brand.
In addition, not only hedges and trees were planted, but also a wildlife fence was set up as a measure against hungry deer.
A successful campaign in which the clubs and gardeners worked hand in hand can be reported.
The organizers would like to thank everyone involved.
The project was made financially possible by the municipality of Wartenberg, which is fully covering the costs.
Such a commitment from the municipal side is not a matter of course, "we are all the more grateful for this support".
If you want to take a deeper look into the world of gardens, you can find information on the Instagram channel "die.gartenberger".
There Brand documents the development and the course of the season in her garden.
If that's not enough, you can either apply for a place with the municipality - a few plots are still free - or inquire at the Obst- und Gartenbauverein Wartenberg.
But now the hibernation is on the agenda before the allotment garden awakens to new life.
The anticipation for spring is already great, "when hopefully everything has grown, the first blossoms will open, the little birds will sing and the 'Gartenberger' will start a new planting year with many more ideas.