What to expect

The following steps will help you to evaluate whether you are ready to engage with MyGardenOfTrees for the next five years

Do I have a suitable forest for a micro-garden?

Where exactly should I install a micro-garden?

Seeds will be protected from seed predation using purpose-designed seed protectors. Note that these seed protectors will be sent to you.

What will my micro-garden look like?

You can arrange your trial based on e.g. the available space, the distribution of existing trees, and the type of terrain. Nevertheless, each trial must consist of 4 blocks, each with 25 seeding spots where Fagus spp. and Abies spp. will be sown:

A distance of at least 1 m must be kept between the seeding spots, or more if you want to keep your trees growing beyond the first 5 years!

The four blocks of a micro-garden established by local foresters in Germany.

Zooming into one block

To account for the low germination rate and high mortality during the first year, you will sow 20 seeds per seeding spot.

You will protect each seeding spot with a seed protector for the first 2 years for European beech and for the first 3 years for silver fir. Seed protectors help to:

What will I receive?

To set up your garden, you will receive a parcel containing seeds of various provenances, labels to mark the sowing points, and metal seed protectors to prevent the seeds from predation.

How do I set up MyGarden?

Check out this video we made while sowing seeds in a micro-garden in Switzerland.


How will I monitor MyGarden and send in my observations?

You will monitor your trial during the growing season (April to October) for 5 years. 

Using the Enketo webform, you will observe and send us data on:

To make monitoring as smooth and quick as possible, we have designed a webform using Enketo. For data collection, all you need to do is swipe through a few questions on Enketo using a smartphone. You can fill in the form offline and the form will be automatically sent to our server whenever you have an internet connection (e.g. at home, at work).

How much time do I need for all this?

The table shows a summary of the time required from participants to set up and monitor the trial, per year. See the detailed table of the time effort required per task below.

Detailed table of time effort required per task

The table below shows an overview of the tasks that foresters will be in charge of and the time required to complete them. Be aware that the time listed for each observation is approximate and can vary depending on how many seedlings survive each year (fewer seedlings = less time required for the observation).