Category Archives: Drylands News

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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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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Improving mediterranean biodiversity in the Arboretum

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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Olive Harvest

Last week some volunteers from Sunseed went to pick olives in the neighbor village Lucaneina de los Torres. We were lucky to have the opportunity to harvest the olives from Frank, who is doing the accounts of Sunseed as a … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Waste water system management. Use of Comfrey and Nettle

An important part of the department is the management and maintenance of the waste water system. The system basically includes a grease trap, a system of horizontal and vertical filters filled with gravel and a pond. These filters and the … Continue reading

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From the Carob Tree to the Carob Cake!

This is the first Sunseed Video News! 1) Harvesting carob 2) Drying carob 3) Making powder 4) Baking Cake with Biomass Gasification Stove

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Carob harvesting

The Drylands Department harvested two carob trees near Mokey’s Head this tuesday. The brown, dry, ratteling pods that contain the acutal seeds can be picked or shaken easiliy from the low growing trees. The walk there might be a bit … Continue reading

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Stony paths and weeding

Written by Delia Hernández, drylands management volunteer”. “Today, Eugenio started his holidays, and Pier Giorgio was feeling inspired. As a good Italian, a beauty lover, he thought about decorating the paths with stones, and so, marking the paths for the … Continue reading

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