A new method for me to stimulate soil life in the spring, and thereby also the Stinzenflora, is the use of what is called compost tea. The idea is that you create a concentrated culture of aerobic soil fungi and soil bacteria and dilute them somewhat before it can be sprayed over the plants and/or soil. The advantage of this method is that you can treat a large surface area without too much trouble with very little starting material and a limited amount of work. Especially for areas of a few thousand square meters, such as our site, this is quite feasible. – Read More –
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Willem van Riemsdijk (Stinze Stiens)
In the Stinzenplant season of 2019 the theme of the Stinzenflora-monitor is: ‘OndersteBoven van Stinzenflora’. The Dutch expression means something like ‘being flabbergasted’ by stinzenplants. Literally OndersteBoven means ‘downside up’. So this year the focus will be: what is happening under the soil surface? The idea behind this theme is, among other things, to pay more attention to the soil in which the Stinzenplants grow and the management of that soil in such a way that the soil quality is improved, promoting the growth of the Stinzenplants. The soil in our garden at Stinze Stiens is not too heavy clay soil. This soil is per se not very suitable for a Stinzenplant garden, but it has a lot of potential. By increasing the organic matter content of the soil and stimulating the soil life, a very good soil quality can develop within a few years, which is very suitable for many Stinzenplants. – Read More –
door Mijnard Scheers 4 april 2016
The medieval vicarage in Warffum (province of Groningen), where we moved to in 1972 as the first non-clergy after 700 years of occupation by preachers and vicars, has three-quarters of a hectare terrain with dozens of old fruit trees.
We were told that there were a lot of Snowdrops growing, which after their appearance at the end of January, could be admired for about two months. This turned out to be true; the majority of the terrain turns white because of the flowering Snowdrops and this continues until the end of March. – Read More –
Information: Natuurmonumenten / Maarten Vos, Management team employee-De Graafschap / Salland management unit.
Editors: Willem van Riemsdijk. Photos: Natuurmonumenten and Trudy van Riemsdijk – Zandee.
West of Vorden lies the Hackfort castle in the beautiful Achterhoek landscape with lanes, forests, fields, meadows and farms. The house is located on the Baaksebeek (locally called Hackfortse creek) with associated water mill.
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Willem van Riemsdijk, ed. and photos Trudy van Riemsdijk – Zandee
Our 19th century Vlaskamp garden in Stiens consists of a limited number of larger beds. One of those has been used as a vegetable garden since the construction of the garden. We refer to this bed as the ‘Vegetable Garden Circle’, because of the shape and because of the original function, although it no longer has the function of a kitchen garden. When we bought the property this part of the garden, like the rest of the garden, was an almost impenetrable wilderness. Nothing could be seen of its original structure.
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Willem van Riemsdijk & Trudy van Riemsdijk – Zandee
In our case, in Stiens we have been managing the garden at Doktershus since mid-2012. It is slightly less than 3000 m2. There are many different types of Stinzenplants. present. The soil type is predominantly clay. The garden was originally designed by the landscape architect Gerrit Vlaskamp in 1863-1868. When we bought the site, there had been virtually no maintenance in the garden for a long time.
The intention is that on this websitepage, several garden managers write something about their experiences with and motivation for a certain management of areas with an extensive Stinzenflora.
The management and optimisation of Stinzenflora has many facets and depends on many factors.
The type and intensity of management will depend on e.g. the history of the site, the location, the size, the type of soil, the manpower, the objective.
Elsewhere on this website, attention was paid to the management of a Stinzenplant garden at an earlier stage: Management concept development, and in the blogs of 8 April 2014; Intensive or extensive: experiences with the management of the Stinzenplant garden in Stiens and Stinzenplants at Martenastate in Koarnjum. (all in Dutch)