Category Archives: Sunseed News

Spring photos from the gardens

Quince tree coming into leaf… .. . Ladybird on a borage plant – ladybirds are an organic gardener’s best friend as they have a huge appetite for aphids Harvesting peas – our autumn sown plants are now producing a lot … Continue reading

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Catch cropping and intercropping – a way to use garden space more efficiently

Catch-cropping is when you plant small, fast growing plants (e.g. lettuces, radishes etc) among larger plants (tomatoes, cabbages etc) and then remove them when they are ready, leaving more space for the larger plants to fully develop. Inter-cropping is when … Continue reading

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Retama sphareocarpa. Mycorrhiza trials

This mycorrhiza trail is part of Sunseed’s ongoing efforts to combat desertification through increasing vegetation cover and reducing evaporation and run-off. One of the challenges in repairing ecosystems in degraded semi-arid soil is the improvement of the rhizosphere along the … Continue reading

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Clay mask by the river, in the river.

Last Friday with the group of students who came from the University of SouthHampton we went for a stroll around the valley and then sat by the river do put on clay masks, as a natural Spa session. We applied … Continue reading

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Alfalfa green manure – benefits for the garden

Alfalfa is a plant of the legume family (also including clover, peas, beans etc), and as such forms a special relationship with bacteria that live in its roots. The relationship is symbiotic, which means that both the plant and the … Continue reading

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Renovating the Compost Toilet

Hi, today we renovated one of our compost toilets, changing the walls made of cane. First we collected cane from around Los Molinos with the help of students from Southampton University and other volunteers There must be 2 volunteers somewhere … Continue reading

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Seminars at Sunseed

Every week at Sunseed, a seminar is held by either one of our staff or volunteers. It is an opportunity to share and communicate something that you feel that is of interest or passionate about, and also reaffirms Sunseed´s ethos … Continue reading

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Soil conservation and vegetal regeneration

Lately we have being working on soil conservation and vegetal regeneration. Two interventions took place in two Sunseed’s parcels:  Alan’s Land and Arizona plot. The interventions consisted of applying “Key Line” technique, a method based on preventing runoff and encouraging … Continue reading

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A day in Eco-construction

Hello, I’ve been a volunteer in Sunseed for the last 4 months but only last week I decided to join the ecoconstruction department. I always had in my mind the image of the ecoconstruction site as a place full of … Continue reading

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Cleaning the Compost Toilet

Cleaning out the compost toilet; the size of the vaults allows for an average of 0.25m3 of waste per person, it will take approximately one year after enclosing the chamber for the compost to be ready for use. Sewage creates … Continue reading

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