Capers: picking and preserving your own

By Drylands assistant Margaux With Spring in full bloom in the valley, the Drylands and Sustainable Living departments have been out walking with volunteers to collect the capers that are starting to grow and preserving them in preparation for summer salads. Have you ever picked capers? The pickled capers we use as seasoning are actually the buds of the plant called …

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Why build a herb spiral?

This year in the Drylands Department, we started work on a herb spiral in the Arboretum to demonstrate a water-efficient growing technique for dry areas. First initiated by our volunteer Ulrike, the herb spiral project had then been taken over by Giulia and Margaux – now we’re excited to say that the beautiful project is now finished! Here in Almeria, the …

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Sunseed drylands latest news – Building a herb spiral

Life in the Drylands department has been busy over the last couple of months. In February we gathered a large amount of netting and sewed up the holes with yarn from our sewing box, to use as a cover for the tree nursery. Temperatures soar from May onwards, so we prepared a protective net, which provides shelter and shade for the seedlings …

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Carob harvesting

We have been harvesting some carobs in three trees placed in Los Molinos del Río Aguas. We collected the fruits by hand but when they were not easily accessible we used a long stick to knock down the fruits to catch them in a net placed on the ground. Sometimes we even climbed like monkeys through the branches. In total …

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Greenhouse

We have finally built the greenhouse for the seedlings from our nursery so they can spend the winter calentitas! We are in a desert climate zone, so that the amplitude of temperature between day and night is quite large, and not only that, but the night temperature tends to be very low, causing frost. This situation is more pronounced in …

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Arizona’s land

After a series of interventions in Arizona’s land, we have done the ultimate one! In the two gullies in the plot, we have built reed and woody barriers to stop soil erosion. The barriers have been interconnected through reed biorolls which were placed using the Key Line technique, addressing the water from the gullies to the slopes to make it …

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Sunseed Updates!

The Sunseed team has been very busy this week trying to keep up with all of the exciting changes. A lot of new faces have been passing through the village to get a taste of sustainable living. These visitors had the treat of getting the full sustainable living tour during their stay. In addition, the visitors ate meals with the …

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Mulching

As the growing conditions around Sunseed are very harsh with very little rain and soil depleted from nutrients, it is very important to use innovative methods to protect plants from the harshest sun in the summer and frost in the winter. At the moment in the Arboretum, the application of mulch (mostly reeds) is tested to see its benefits for …

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Medicinal Plants in the Arboretum

This month we planted medicinal plants in the Arboretum. For that, we previously made a trench to irrigate and we covered the soil around each plant with biomass to avoid evaporation. Stones were set along the trench to keep moisture and let the water go through them. Then, we made some small signs including the latin name of the plant, …

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Tree Nursery for the Vegetal Regeneration of Drylands

Newly germinated seedlings of most plant species find it difficult to survive in semi arid environments. Therefore, seedlings are raised together in a nursery free of any competition until they are sturdy enough for planting out. Only in a nursery can the forester create the growing conditions to raise healthy, vigorous plants. We have to take into consideration that in …

SunseedTree Nursery for the Vegetal Regeneration of Drylands