The Driest The Wageningse Eng

Spring 2020 at De Driest

We’re experiencing an exceptionally warm spring this year and nature reacts accordingly. The colonies have clearly started breeding and are using up winter stores rapidly now. Therefore, I have given packs of sugar patty to a number of colonies today.

In our field we will be sowing barley this year, to be used for brewing our Wageningen beer.
Also, we will be sowing a flowering border again this year, this time with indigenous species and no longer the Tübinger mixture, as this contains too many cruciferous species to my taste.

Remains of mustard and wild flower border in February.

But first the couch grass must be removed and that’s quite a job for the wild flower border had been overgrown considerably by couch grass in recent years.

Removing couch grass before sowing the wild flower border.