And if Vauban had been a gardener


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Clou de jalonnement circuit Vauban

 

From garden to garden, these marker studs show us the way to go, with the Place Abbatucci as a start and finish point.



Water tower

A reliable source

In the 19th century, the water tower witnessed an unscrupulous industrial era regarding water usage which was heavily consumed and polluted. Decades later, the catastrophic consequences made people very aware of the urgency to preserve this vital resource!

My fight is to raise collective awareness regarding the importance of protecting water, already by using a different garden know-how: banning nitrates and pesticides, using mulch instead of over-watering or recuperating rainwater which saves the groundwaters. Many other daily habits can contribute to the healthy transmission of a common heritage which is becoming rarer but essential for the survival of future generations!

Vauban jardinier : illustration Château d'eau

Histoiry

Huningue, an industrial city

In 1871, Alsace became German. With Huningue being no longer a border city, the garrison left, which had negative trade consequences, as the soldiers kept the businesses alive. The population slowly dwindled down to some modest workers employed in the Basel factories or on the right bank of the Rhine.

However, a few years later Huningue experienced rapid industrial growth helped by some favourable circumstances such as having Basel as it wealthy neighbour! But also the presence of large wastelands left after the demolition, the canal or even its endless water supply which industries used in quantity, explained this development.

Huningue fin 19e debut 20e siecle

Manufacturers slowly built up around the city, the latter selling off areas left over from the fortress remains at their profit. The pioneers were mostly branches of Swiss companies who wisely settled down here, enabling to enter the German market without paying the extremely-high customs tax which the Second Reich placed on imports. Silk and watch makers as well as tobacco manufactures were among the major activities.

Life conditions progressed in a spectacular manner with improved sewer systems, gas-fuelled public lighting, then as of 1908 with electricity, which improved the life conditions of its 3000 inhabitants. The tramway even provided a direct ride towards Basel from 1910 to 1961.

Botanical

Biological fight

ChrysopaEncarsia formosa, Aphidius or even Chrysopa… are our garden allies to fight against invaders!

Often hardly visible with the naked eye, these predators of aphids, whiteflies and other parasites nevertheless have some impressive weapons. The miniscule Encarsia wasp lays its offspring right inside the whitefly larva, which are sap-suckers.

Whereas the Chrysopa devours up to 50 aphids a day! Thanks to them, pesticides and insecticides become useless. This biological “integrated” protection allows to ecologically fight against parasitic attacks.

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