The Didactic Garden is under construction!
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The setting up of the "Didactic Garden" has just begun.
With educational and sensorial areas it will be used for the planting of dyeing plants, for the creation of the seed bank for the replication of sativa rheinau seeds (organic seeds free from registrations and independent from market logic) donated by a partner Foundation, for the planting of plants such as the flax of the fairies to give space to issues such as biodiversity and the rediscovery of endangered species (for example the butterfly melanargia arge) and to a training area with seedbeds.
Every day the biodiversity of our crops is diminishing, commercial productions appear more and more in the markets and on our tables to the detriment of the ancient varieties that, getting lost, bring with them a precious inheritance.
The Garden, in addition to the possibility of welcoming visitors, aims to involve the schools of the Roman territory, making children and teenagers aware of the role of agriculture and the importance of an agricultural activity that operates in respect of the environment. , the origin of what we eat, the path of food from the place of production to the table. We will discuss current issues such as recycling and reuse, climate change, organic, attention to the product. The Garden and the entire project will also be central to the free flow of pollinators. The reduction of pollinating insects represents an important risk factor for agriculture, in fact their loss could considerably increase the production cost of some crops. About a third of the food used by humans comes from plants pollinated by wild pollinators. Over 100,000 different animal species - including bats, bees, flies, butterflies, beetles and birds - provide pollination services for both natural and man-made “secondary” ecosystems. In Europe, pollinators are mainly bees and hoverflies, but also butterflies, moths, some beetles and wasps. Many key pollinating species are subject to an ever-increasing threat from various man-made ailments, such as habitat destruction and degradation, the spread of pesticides, the spread of diseases and pests, climate change, invasive plants and competition with non-native pollinators.
Thanks to the project it will be possible to implement the territorial redevelopment, renovating disused or abandoned fields and structures (for example greenhouses), also stimulating an interest of the municipality of reference. The launch of initiatives and the mobilization of the territory generates the centralization of the peripheries that often remain hidden when it comes to development and empowerment. The reclamation and consequent nourishment of the subsoil will also be essential: there are many benefits that the soil can derive from the cultivation of legumes - for example inserted in the fauna garden - which specifically bring nitrogen to the soil, enriching it and making it more fertile. Rhizobium leguminosarum has the ability to fix the nitrogen contained in the air directly into the soil. Legumes are therefore a natural fertilizer and that is why they are inserted in mixed crops - or, better said, in the synergistic garden - in order to improve the condition of the soil with their natural nutritional supply. The green manure technique consists in burying the leguminous plants in the ground during the flowering period, when the plants are at their maximum nitrogen content. The nitrogen supply given by legumes has nothing to envy to animal fertilizer: in fact, in a single hectare planted with legumes, a quantity of nitrogen equal to several tons of manure is fixed. The possibility of inserting legumes in mixed gardens is a cornerstone of organic farming. Thanks to their ability to absorb nitrogen and nourish the soil, in fact, it is possible to renounce the use of chemical fertilizers.