On this World Desertification Day 2019 we would like to salute the amazing team from the @rotaryvoi who are working so hard with the local Taita community to help stop this terrible gully erosion from getting worse.
With this simple technology of filling up sacks with earth and putting tree seedballs into them is proving to be very effective. Would you like to send them more tree seedballs for their work? Please go to http://www.seedballskenya.com/donate/4594311653 and select Voi Rotary Club.
Testing of the newest aerial seeding platform was a great success today!
We successfully dropped 50,000 acacia seedballs on a ranch where alot of charcoal making had been happening near Mile 46 in Central Kajiado in just 20mins! 🛩
Stay tuned for many more details about how it all works here!
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3 weeks ago
Direct seeded broad beans are coming up and they enjoy the rainy cool weather.
Other than leaf mulch and a little wood ashes this garden bed has not been fertilized since last spring. No compost, no chicken or rabbit manure. No digging either. It grew a good crop of potatoes last year and now it's legumes, they catch their own fertilizer from the air and don't need extra food.
Sowed these about 5 or even 6 weeks ago, right when the soil had thawed... But the temperatures were rising slowly and germination took a lot of time this year.
#directseeding #broadbeans #viciafaba #bondböna #growfoodnotlawns #growwhatyoueat #lowimpactgardening #lowimpactlifestyle #nodig
3 weeks ago
A lovely morning getting eaten alive by black flies, and direct seeding some tasty-ass veggies! Today I prepared beds with a no-till method using only a fork and hoe. This maintains the soil structure and promotes long term soil health. I found many worms and bugs which means the soil is alive! Today I planted:
This late and wet spring has been delaying a lot of growing time but my fingers are crossed that the muck will dry up soon and I can get my other veggies in the ground. Happy dayzzzz 🤓
#organicgardening #directseeding #oldschool #notillgardening
Many thanks to @worldvisionke for showcasing our dryland grass and tree #seedballs at your #DryDev stakeholders workshop in #Machakos today. It has truly been an honor working you to help small holder farmers #ReGreenKenya and to show that you dont need thousands of plastic bags to grow thousands of trees.
1 month ago
Many thanks to @worldvisionke for helping showcase our dryland tools to farmers and pastoralists at your #DryDev stakeholders workshop today in Machakos. We are honoured to work with you.
First radishes and peas are up 😋
Sown 3 or 4 weeks ago, right when the soil had thawed in the raised beds. Most seedlings find their way through the mulch just fine and they know when it's time to grow. Lazy butt gardening does work 😉 love direct seeding!
It seems that we'll have our last night frost tomorrow night.
The turnips were up too, but most seedlings got eaten by the flea beetles right away. Sigh. I'll try again in another bed, hopefully the little buggers do not find them this time.
#radish #peas #mulchbed #täckodling #directseeding #springgardening #growfoodnotlawns
Heaviest clay we’ve worked in, and not the way we thought we would prep our fields but we are really excited about the results. Weeds aren’t far behind, but right now it looks pretty perfect to us😍 Keep swiping to see what we started with
Un sol très argileux et une préparation du champs autre que prévu mais on est fiers du résultat! Les mauvaises herbes arrivent, mais pour l’instant, c’est pas mal parfait à nos yeux 😍
Yey! Rains in the #SouthernKajiado ecosystem! This is a perfect time to help reseed overgrazed areas with indigenous grass seedballs as well as endemic acacia tree seeds like the #acaciatortilis.
Always remember to think like a seed! 🙃 and throw your seedballs in the most suitable areas for growth, like recently disturbed areas or small dips in the ground that collect rain water. #mimicmothernature
I have had a lot of farm mentors steer me away from my natural inclination of scattering seeds. Here is some “apsara” brinjal seeds from Maharashtra, India coming up in a mixed planting that includes spinach, beets, peppers, bush beans, and castor oilseed.
Each represents a layer of the canopy. The castor is in hope that I can extend the season for the spinach and beets, and produce rich pomace to fertilize the peppers/eggplants. The beans are to allow habitat for certain bacteria which will be needed for the fall crop (the next rotation will be fava beans). Actually the beans are for good fresh eatin 🌱👌🏽🥬🌿😇 More on this as it plays out. This seedling and I are both #firstgenerationimmigrants #biodiversity #naturalfarming #directseeding #ancestralseeds #ethnoecogy #onestrawrevolution
1 month ago
#Repost from @provisionskenya ... Support our pollinators! Between 75% and 95% of all flowering plants on the earth need help with pollination. Did you know that 1 out of every 3 bites of food you eat is there because of pollinators? Do your part to support birds, bats, butterflies, bees and more.
Seedballs are a simple and innovative way to plant trees that serve as valuable forage for our pollinating friends. Don't live in Kenya? Consider a donation of Seedballs to a local partner who will distribute to an area in need. 600/- per 1kg of indigenous tree species. DM us to place your order today, while rainy season is still here!
Many thanks to Mr. Joseph Ole Kodonyo from #Elementaita for buying this big bag of #seedballs to help regrow these beautiful yellow fever tree lakeside woodlands that have been cut down over the years!
One of the best things about using #seedballs to grow trees in areas with harsh unpredictable weather?
Patience...just like in the wild these indigenous tree species know how to wait for the rains and germinate when the conditions are suitable for growth.
#Didyouknow that some of the acacia trees like the acacia tortilis and acacia nilotica have seeds that can stay dormant in the soil for more then 10 years and still germinate when the time is right!