2023-2028 trials: How to set up my micro-garden?

Link to the ENKETO webform SetUpMyGarden

Before the set up

Watch this video: how do you set up your micro-garden?

This video will walk you through the steps you need to follow to successfully set up your micro-garden.

You can also read the step-by-step protocol in the ENKETO webform that you need to fill in when you set up a micro-garden.

If you want to read more about the ENKETO tool, click here.


Read this document

In here you will find information on how to store your seeds while waiting for a window of good weather, which material you need to bring to the forest and how to organise yourself for a smooth set up!

After the set up

Sharing photos with us

After you set up the micro-garden, you will have to share with us the 100 photos you took in the field. 

4 blocks x 25 seeding spots = 100 photos. 

To send us the photos, use this form with your phone: You can also scan the QR code on the left. Make sure you have a good WIFI connection and be patient that all 100 photos upload before submitting the form. Uploaded photos will appear on the screen. Do not worry about the order of the photos, we will order them using time metadata.  


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Can I set up the trial in a clear cut area?

Better not. Silver fir in particular needs shade to develop so, it is preferable to set up the micro-garden under forest cover. Only if this is not possible, you can set up the garden in a clear-cut area, preferably close to the forest edge so that it can still get some shade.

How much soil should I put on top of the seeds? What about litter?

When sowing the seeds, you should cover them with a thin layer of soil. Avoid putting leaves or other litter on top as this might make the observations of germination in the spring difficult.

Are the seeds of good quality?

Yes! In the past months, all seeds (all provenances and all families) have been tested in the climate chambers of WSL to ensure our participants will receive seeds of good quality. Check our result page to know about these tests.

In addition, all the seeds you received have been personally collected by our team following standardised protocols which favoured the selection of productive and healthy trees. The only two provenances which were not collected by our team are the Fagus orientalis from Iran (collected by colleagues of the Caspian Forest Tree Seed Center) and the Abies nordmanniana (collected by the Danish company HD Seed). 

Do I need a special permission if I want to establish the micro-garden in a protected area?

If you want to establish the trial in a protected area, you need to consult with the relevant protected area authority. They will inform you if the trial can be established in the area and under which conditions, based on national and/or regional legislation. Please get in touch with them and let us know if you need any help or additional information to support your request. We have already successfully established trials in protected areas in Italy, Hungary and Slovenia.