Konstantinos Karoubas wrote:
The cost of planting individual trees is cost prohibitive (time and money). Closely spaced, these trees can be used as ground cover, and once the ground temperature drops other trees can easily be grown among them.
Konstantinos Karoubas wrote:Hello Priscilla,
You cannot fight the goats....
fence an area, even if its small then plant a large variety of seeds...
better yet plant in an area that is not grazed
Konstantinos Karoubas wrote:Priscilla,
Fence a small area, like 10x10, plant with seeds or cuttings (no watering), and watch it flourish...this will guide you in the future.
For a larger plot you can use trees like gleditsia that have large thorns that even cows do not dare cross...they will grow fast and have multiple uses.
Konstantinos Karoubas wrote:Sounds like a wonderful and challenging project...
A food forest, especially from seed is a long term project...15+ years, but once established, it will forever feed a large number of people.
Konstantinos Karoubas wrote:I would imagine your ultimate goal is to reforest Haiti and turn it into a giant food forest...a garden of Eden, as it once was.
It's doable especially in s tropical climate!!!
You might be interested in an inexpensive solar oven...easy to put together...
Priscilla Stilwell wrote:There are no un-grazed areas. We're working on fencing the land, but 200 acres is a lot of fence! I actually think it will work. As weeds and grass have been provided more shade from finally maturing trees (right around campus being the only place that isn't regularly decimated for charcoal), even in the dry season the goats aren't able to out-graze the weeds. That's quite a difference even from last year when everything was grazed down to bare dirt. That should give enough diversity, along with the several thousand vetiver plugs I'll plant, to allow survival for at least a decent percentage. We'll find out.
My plan is to plant Lycenna, neem, and moringa in large numbers, along with the aforementioned vetiver. It's actually the human component that most drastically affects reforesting efforts.
Can you write a bit more about Sprout Lands...how far back in history does he go?
Do you have any information on the landscape in you area? Has it changed in the last 15,000 years...Was it always a desert? What type of vegetation was there, say 1,000 years ago?
Konstantinos Karoubas wrote:... ilex rotundifolia acorns...
...I will be traveling there in about a month....not sure they can br stored that long.
hans muster wrote:Great that you work woth holly oak. And thanks for the pictures.
Do you know that there are sweet ones, which you can eat like chestnuts, or fry? Mainly in Spain and Portugal, but also in Morocco. They were usually grafted, and used as human food. Eating them was llater associated with bei poor, and consumption went back.
If you can get seeds from sweet ones, it would be great, as they could turn out sweet as well. Do you have sources?
Holly oak is said to grow better (faster) if shaded in the first years. Additionally, some fungi innoculation may help with nutrient and water uptake.