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…

Drylands seed bank

Wild seed saving is essential for the protection of flora and vegetal biodiversity. The Drylands management department considers the collection and storage of seeds as an essential task. Since 2013, we have been developing our seed bank in terms to save species and varieties of native mediterranean plants, more suitable for vegetal regeneration projects in…

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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 vegetation. As plants in harsh environments tend to be especially dependant on mutually symbiotic relationships,…

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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 the infiltration of water. The water is distributed following a gradient through the organic barriers…

Improving mediterranean biodiversity in the Arboretum

After restoring a stonewall in the Arboretum, it remained a clear area where we have recently planted Mediterranean plants. We have planted one Pistacia lentiscus (Mastic) that it can be found in north facing slopes and close to gullies around our valley. We have also planted another plant from the same gender, Pistacia terebinthus (Terebinth).…

How to make Comfrey Ointment

Recently both the Drylands Department and the Sustainable Living department worked together to make comfrey ointment. Comfrey is a well known plant remedy for easing muscle, bone and skin problems, for example, sprains, bites, rashes, muscle pains, even broken bones. Considering all the outdoor and physical activities that we do here at Sunseed, this ointment…

Composting for drylands management

Composting is a simple and easy way that reproduces a natural degradation cycle. In our compost, we experiment with the use of the waste produced by the grease trap at the waste water system, mixed with other vegetal materials. The Arboretum, from time to time, requires tree pruning and weeding that produces biomass suitable for…