A piece of flower meadow

Adopt a square metre of Texel

Your own square metre of Texel, where beautiful native flowers bloom from May until the end of summer, helping the island's insects. Nice isn't it? When you adopt a Texel square metre, you will receive, among other things, a personal certificate and invitations to the plot for a tour by the farmer.

Tuinderij Texel

That farmer is Vincent Lap of Tuinderij Texel. Vincent was keen to give something back to the earth. How does he do that? By sowing a native flower mixture, so that insects, including the Texel black bee, will have space again. In spring 2023, he started sowing a thousand square metres of native flowers. Then anyone who wanted to, could adopt a square metre. He will continue the project in 2024.

Your own square metre of Texel

So every year, you can now adopt your own Texel flower meadow. The price of € 15 for one square metre includes seed, sowing, care of the crop, a personal certificate, picking flowers in the picking garden, a monthly newsletter and invitations to the plot for a guided tour by the farmer (given in May, June, July and August). You remain an adopter of the plot during the year of purchase.

A nice gift

You can also give a square metre or several square metres as a gift. You enter the details of the recipient in the form, who then receives a personal certificate with his or her name and an accompanying text stating that the certificate has been given as a gift by the buyer (your name). The giver will receive a confirmation e-mail that the certificate has been given as a gift to that person.

The seed mixture

The native seed mixture used by Vincent was compiled by the Institute for Nature Education and Sustainability (IVN) on Texel and is obtained via Cruyd-Hoeck, purely because it is not yet offered on Texel. The Texel flower mixture consists of over 30 different species of annual and perennial flowers that will bloom throughout the year. Some examples: grassbell, cuckoo flower, daisy, sand blue and large poppy.

Sowing and growing

Sowing is done in early spring. This gives all seeds a good chance to sprout. Because the seeds are so small, they should not get too much soil on top. It is therefore important for it to rain shortly after sowing to prevent dehydration. The crop grows and germinates slowly because no fertiliser is used beforehand or fertiliser during growth. About three weeks after sowing, you can see the first sprouts emerge.

A flower field

The newsletter will keep you informed of the latest developments. The fields slowly turn blue, soon filled with yellow and red flowers, followed by purple and white. It is a colourful sight and hear all those insects buzzing! In the picking garden, everything is also starting to bloom. Adopters of one or more square metre(s) may come here to pick their bunch of flowers.

Autumn and winter

In autumn, many of the seeds are already germinating because of the fading flowers that scattered seeds on the ground. As winter approaches its end, these plants are already well prepared with their leaves open, ready to catch the first rays of the sun. Will you adopt a piece of flowering Texel one more time?

Want to sow at home too?

Next to the paved road to the farm in Den Hoorn, there is a sales stall containing Vincent's products. You will find pots of various (native) seeds and seed mixtures, both for the small and the somewhat larger garden.

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