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12 June 2015

Project: Regenerative Kitchen Garden & Food Forest

Posted by Rosie Harding almost 9 years ago

The rains have come and the first plants are in the ground.

12 June 2015

The first few rains have enabled us to get to work. We have decided to commit to working by hand straight away. Back to the site today to do a timing and estimation of the work hours required to prepare the beds, after the JCB loosened the earth. The test patch took 45 minutes. We’ve calculated 6 hours for the whole surface. It requires breaking of the larger lumps of earth, the surface levelled, beds formed, paths defined, and the soil will be ready for planting.

We had looked at getting a tractor and light plough in to do the work. That would have been done in about an hour, but with a 4 hour minimum hire. So we’ve avoided the dreaded compaction of having a tractor roll over the land, and the waste of fossil fuel, and pollution. Costs will be much the same. Whilst working the beds by hand we’re also laying them out at the same time which is a double advantage so we’re not really losing any time. We do like a curved bed, too. That would also have been difficult to manage with a tractor. Very happy.

After a few days rain we’ve had the pleasant surprise of finding a few patches of wild bulbs spring up. Yet to see exactly what they are but thrilled to see a sign of life. Some wild Turmeric (edible or not?), too. But, not very much at all. We’re collecting it to plant in specific areas.

The first few beds are laid out, and with a kind donation of Okra seedlings from Augustine’s father, we were able to get something in the ground. The seedlings are not mulched. Nothing is. We quite simply don’t have any. There’s nothing here. The next planting will be green manure, hopefully tomorrow, but as the seedlings were an unexpected gift the priority was simply to get them in the ground.

Found a couple of very small chunks of old coconut trunk, in the soil loosened by the JCB. Grabbed this as precious….every bit of biomass counts….and made a tiny and opportunistic bed border with this, and a planting of the wild bulbs we found that had sprung up in a couple of small patches on the site.

There is water in the bottom of the small pond. Nothing in the large pond, yet.

6.1 preparing the beds by hand 6.2 left  after  right  before 6.3 soil in flight   levelling out the soil after the jcb 6.4 sorting the stronger and the weaker 6.5 sowing irst seedlings okra 6.6 look what has sprung with the rains 6.7 wild flower bulb 6.8 wild turneric 6.10 pieces of rotting coconut trunk found in the disturbed soil 6.11 opportunistic bed 6.12 the small pond has water 6.9 sprung with the rains

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Verity Bachmann
Verity Bachmann : Hey Rosie! Please keep sharing your experiences in Goa. We have started a soil restoration project in one of the driest parts of South Africa. You have totally inspired me to share our experiences too. All the best! Verity
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Rosie Harding
Rosie Harding : Wonderful, Verity. I'm glad that you're finding the posts interesting and look forward to reading more about your project. Rosie
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Jehan de Maille
Jehan de Maille : hola Rosie.....one comment/suggestion: could you go to the village shops and maybe ask for and any kind of fast annual nitro fixer ground cover as beans and plant them massivily asap?.....rainy season is going to be challenging otherwise, do you not think? you could get them in the ground right now, and when rainy season comes to an end (and hoping you have some water somewhere) use it as green mulch before planting your winter garden?

just a comment....iregulary struggle with tropical weeds growth, and a good ground cover does a lot in maintenance....

your projects look beautiful
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