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…

Olives seasoning

Since March, we have been eating our own olives. We are quite happy of the olive seasoning we did made months ago. In the process of olive preparation we started soaking the olives in a mixture of vinegar, salt and water for about six weeks and changing the water every seven days. The purpose of this is to…

HUMAN EXPERIENCES

Sunseed is primarily an educational project and investigation in how to promote a more sustainable way of life and more respectful connection to nature. But it is also a full human experience. So the question of the day is : How has Sunseed changed your relationship with people, and what did you learn about human relations ?…

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18 day compost

Today in Sunseed we will learn how to make compost in just eighteen days. This method is very useful since you will get quality, ready to use, compost in just eighteen days. First we will need to collect our different ingredients, which are greens (nitrogen rich materials such as leaves and weeds from the garden…

Dimitra´s Sunseed Story

Hello future sunseeders, My name is Dimitra and I’m from Athens, Greece. My experience here has been life-changing, so I wanted to write it down to remember. And then I thought what the heck… I might as well make it public, I can get credit for inspiring a couple of people… Having visited a community…

Sunseed goes Sublime

Our new Sustainable Living Coordinator Markus is currently writing for the first international sustainable living magazine, Sublime. Here are his posts so far. We hope you enjoy them and continue to follow Mark and his reflections on Sunseed, sustainability and community living. Thank you Markus! http://sublimemagazine.com/lifestyle/Whats-Good-For-The-Bee-Is-Good-For-The-Hive http://www.sublimemagazine.com/lifestyle/simplicity-the-solstice

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…

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…