directseeding Photos & Videos

6 days ago

Megan Backhouse wrote a nice piece in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald after looking around our seed production area in Keilor a few weeks ago with the Horticultural Media Association. Thanks Megan for shining the light on our precious grasslands. Link in Bio. https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/sowing-the-seeds-of-sustainability-20181130-h18jsi.html?fbclid=IwAR1vC85EIiFW5tyKvR2C0aaa4lPFM8fhn9FZrsBXx5t7YUlRQyyf3Gt497w #grasslandrestoration #conservation #grassland #directseeding #seedproduction #smh #floravictoria

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#Repost from @maraelephantproject ... On November 28, MEP distributed ONE MILLION indigenous tree seedballs in the Mara from @seedballskenya with the financial support of @dtbdiamondtrust. Over 100 community members showed up to distribute them on the ground, while MEP took to the air to cover 800 acres of devastated land.

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#Repost from @maraelephantproject An ambitious planting initiative was proposed by MEP partner, @seedballskenya , to distribute over one million seed balls in the Mara in one day! The proposal was generously funded by @dtbdiamondtrust and MEP was asked to join as one of the key stakeholders of wildlife conservation in the greater Mara ecosystem and beyond. So, on November 28, the MEP team along with the Seedballs Kenya and Diamond Trust Bank teams showed up to distribute one million seed balls all made possible by the over 100 community members who joined in our efforts. Overall, we covered a 50-acre area on the ground and 800 acres by air. It was such an amazing sight to see everyone working together to make the Mara green again!

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2 weeks ago

Direct seeding project update I We promised an update on this project when the grasses were in flower. Here it is! :) . Created to protect a number of mature River Red Gum and Grey Box. The Landscape Architect; @gblalandscape included native grass direct seeding in the plans to restore the degraded understory. . #directseeding #nativegrass #nativegrasses #ecologicalrestoration #grassland #grasslandrestoration #grassywoodlands #floravictoria #revegetation #landscapedesign #landscapearchitecture #conservative

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Over the weekend while wandering through some of the direct seeding we had done over winter, we found lots of new and very healthy seedlings along our south facing slope. It was heartwarming to see how much had come up with the recent rains. There isn’t much on the north facing slopes across the block due to the harsh and drying northerlies we’ve had these last few months, but the good thing about the native species Rohan chose is that their seeds will lay dormant for years and come up when the conditions are right #acacia #mannagum #blackwood #redgum #bluegum #banksia #peppermintbox #wattle #directseeding #conservation #landmanagement #localnative #indigenous #middleton #southcoast #fleurieupeninsula #southaustralia #offgridbushkids #landscape #stokedasgoats #growth #leaningallthetime #offgrid #offgridliving #watchthisspace #trees #nature #outdoors

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2 weeks ago

November 2017 (top two photos from left), when we distributed the seedballs, July 2018 (top right photo) and finally November 24th photos of the Matuu, Machakos grass and tree seed World Vision Kenya test plot. The sesbania sesban trees are proving to be excellent fast growing pioneer species that are providing a bit of shade, organic matter and block the wind a bit from the grasses and acacia seedlings that are coming up. The grasses and sesbania are now both being harvested for seed by the local community to plant on their own farms for livestock fodder and to help prevent soil erosion. 👌🌱 Many thanks to Mr. Fondo for the recent photos. *swipe right for full sized photos 🔎

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3 weeks ago

Many thanks to the Aga Khan University East Africa Institute for helping us spread the good word about broadcast seeding tree and grass seeds for forest and rangeland restoration. Please see the link in the bio.

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3 weeks ago

#Repost @rolypolyfarm with @get_repost ・・・ HOW TO CARROTS: UPDATE AND DEVELOPMENTS · A while ago, we shared how we grow carrots, using compost as a weed-smothering technique. Carrots are a notoriously slow germinating crop, which means lots of time for quick-growing weeds to take over. The compost method worked really well, but golly it is a lot of work shovelling, carrying and spreading 25 buckets of compost! · Enter: flame weeder. We got this guy from Aussie local legend Mick at @aussieflameweeders , and it has made carrot growing SO much easier and more accessible. · Sow carrots, sprinkle a bunch of beetroot seeds at the end (which, incidentally, are a great addition to salad mix!). When the beets germinate, it signals that the weeds have germinated, and that the carrots are a day or two from popping their heads up. Grab the flameweeder, rupture the cell membranes of those pesky weeds, and hey presto, the carrots germinate into a weed-free bed! No weeding needed after this, as the carrots quickly form a canopy and shade out any competitors. · This is just one of the many tricks of the trade which allow us to steer clear of the pre-emergent herbicides the big guns often use, and to grow your funky looking carrots, completely free of nasties! · This has been Carrot Hour, brought to you by Roly Poly Farm! · #carrots #marketgardening #transparentfarming #knowyourfarmer #knowyourfood #transparency #transparentfarming #grownwithlove #sprayfree #flameweeder #womenwhofarm #🔥🔥🔥

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1 month ago

#Repost from @dswt ... Together, we’re planting seeds for a greener future. Last month, we launched a new project to inspire school children to plant trees. This kicked off with a large scale — the largest to date in Kenya, in fact — seed-balling initiative, in which over 300 students distributed over 450,000 acacia seeds in Chyulu Hills National Park. We also engaged five schools in a tree planting competition, handing out 2.7 millions seeds to 731 children for them to plant around their homes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When these seeds blossom into trees, they will provide forage for livestock and bees, charcoal fuel (without depending on protected areas), shade, and erosion control — to name just a few benefits. Most importantly, the students had so much fun with the initiative and through it, we will hopefully inspire a new generation of tree planters. To learn more about it, visit: thedswt.org/planting-trees ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _________ Photo © David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust #DSWT #conservation #chyuluhills #trees #plants #seedballs

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Q: ''So how many of my seedballs will grow into a big tree?'' A: Good question! All our indigenous tree seeds are sourced from the Kenya Forestry Research Institute - they collect and test them and the germination and viability rates very much depend on the tree species and the environmental conditions of that years seed set (i.e. rain etc). So depending on the type of tree, germination rates can vary from 30% to 90%. As for seedling survival this also is very dependent on species of tree and also where they are planted....in the wild it depends on the absence or presence of goats, grass, wildlife, rains, fire, soil types etc...(please have a read through this very informative blog http://safari-ecology.blogspot.com/2012/03/why-do-savanna-trees-have-flat-tops.html) and thus success rate to maturity is hard to put a number on until localized tests have been conducted in your area. For on farm/fenceline planting the seedling success rate to mature tree generally matches the germination rate if they are tended too. What we can tell you for sure though, is that all the millions of wild acacia trees that have sadly been cut down for firewood and charcoal over the last 100 years grew from the the right seed, being in the right place! Please visit our FAQ page on our website for more info too.

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1 month ago

The fava beans got planted this past week. The plan is to let them overwinter for a spring time harvest, it’s totally weird to think of spring on the day of the ‘fall back’ time change, but in farming you’re in the season and also seasons ahead. Last year we planted two rows in each bed and well, it was a dense fava forest, so this year we did one row each bed. We are always learning from the farm and it’s up to us to remember the lessons. #favabeans #overwintering #californiafarming #directseeding

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Get the right type of tree seeds to the right place! Are you having a workshop/conference/meeting etc. about deforestation? Act now and please consider sending some #seedballs to one of our Re-Green Kenya Partners like the amazing @maraelephantproject to distribute in the ecosystems they work in here http://www.seedballskenya.com/donate/4594311653

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The 12kms of direct seeding we had done in winter has started to come up in more patches around the block, which is incredibly exciting to see. Direct seeding is designed for broad scale revegetation and the process involves planting seeds where they are to grow, rather than planting them in a pot and transplanting them later. It’s an excellent way to revegetate large areas quickly and efficiently using locally sourced mixed seed. In this case it was done in one pass with a customised tractor. Over the weekend we noticed Acacias, Sheoaks, Gums and a few other things had come up. Now we’re just hoping for a big rain minus the South Coast winds to give them the best start #directseeding #landmanagement #conservation #local #native #indigenous #sheoak #eucalyptus #acacia #raindance #southcoast #middleton #fleurieupeninsula

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1 month ago

It’s been almost two weeks since we’ve been to the block, which is the longest break we’ve given ourselves since we bought it 7 months ago. Last time we were there we noticed lots of new seedlings had come up from the direct seeding we had done over winter through Rohan’s work at Trees for Life. With the recent rains this past fortnight, we’ve been paying special attention to the radar in the hope that it’s reached the 14 or so acres of seeding and made a small contribution to the dam. Looking forward to getting down there tomorrow to see how things are travelling #directseeding #treesforlife #drywinter #seedlings #conservation #landmanagement #revegetation #eucalyptus #babytrees #dam #offgrid

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1 month ago

Look at our babies growing strong and tall on the farm! I love watching life bud and grow before my 👀 #directseeding #sugarsnaps

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1 month ago

Direct Seeding for Grassland Restoration #1 | An increasingly important part of our yearly tour of the flowering remnants of the Victorian Volcanic Plains Grasslands is to see what is going on in the small world of direct seeding. Paul Gibson-Roy did two amazingly good plots on the roadside west of Wickliffe which we have been visiting for a few years. Pauls research projects are incredibly diverse, and will no doubt set the benchmark for ecological restoration using direct seeding for years to come, but more recently there is more great work for us to look at in the Western District. The Woorndoo Land Protection Project is another government funded initiative to utilise direct seeding for the ecological restoration of land that has been swamped with exotic weeds. The people involved in the project include John Delpratt, one of the unsung heroes of Victorian Grassland restoration and a former lecturers at Burnley Horticulture College, and David Franklin who has been producing local seed for quite a few years. John gave us directions to the direct seeded site, and we drove right on by at first thinking it was remnant vegetation. It makes us so happy to walk through this roadside restoration project and see that the work of Paul Gibson-Roy is being continued by more people, and that his work does seem to be building momentum. I just hope this carries on to the commercial world for Flora Victoria and any other companies game to get into the world of direct seeding. The Woorndoo Land Protection Project has a field day on Friday 16th November, check the flyer (last pic) if you're interested. . #grassland #volcanicplains #victorianwildflower #grasslandrestoration #directseeding

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me looking like a grandma/librarian seeding a bed of greens in the greenhouse (just last week there were tomatoes here!). As the person who grows the transplants here @abundantacresns I do all of my seeding by hand so it’s really fun to use the jang seeder for a change 🤓

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On October 12, the @maraelephantproject conducted a successful reforestation project using indigenous tree seed balls from SeedballsKenya in a hard-hit area. This operation was somewhat of an experiment for MEP too see what the best way to distribute seedballs is. Using the helicopter they tried two methods: one was via a reusable bag which allowed more seedballs to distribute quicker; the second was with a recycled water jug which allowed for slower distribution. They found that both worked really well but for quicker distribution, the bag was the best option. Along with distributing the seedballs from the helicopter, they also had rangers on the ground walking and distributing the seedballs in the hardest hit areas in these hills.

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2 months ago

A quick seedball shooting demo from the great crew from the @ntvpropertyshow Thanks for showing everyone a simple and fun way to green up their neighbourhoods! 🌱

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2 months ago

Do you need indigenous dryland grass or tree seedballs for this upcoming rainy season?? Look no further then www.seedballskenya.com

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2 months ago

Watch 4 Corners tonight? The lid is slowly being lifted off about the risks of glycosphate. Big ag will continue to try and hide the risks but the risks are still there. If you are looking for a safer alternative- consider our range of flame weeders 👌 #4corners #fourcorners

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2 months ago

Sunday plans? How about learning how fly? Please come and join us and the great folks from Cloudbase Kenya who are organizing Kijabes largest paragliding get together this Sunday the 7th from 8am. We will be providing them with some of our highland seedballs to drop out while they fly!

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2 months ago

Uma foto que faz referência aos primórdios da nossa associação. Claudomiro, presidente da Cerrado de Pé, ao lado do amigo @marcospalmeiraoficial e os amigos do @sebraegoias que desde o início estiveram presentes apoiando a criação e desenvolvimento desse projeto que hoje já contribui com a restauração de diversas áreas de Cerrado degradado e com a geração de renda de muitas famílias da Chapada dos Veadeiros. Somos muito gratos por essa parceria que só rendeu bons frutos e continuará rendendo muito sucesso! #sebrae #sebraego #goias #marcospalmeira #parceros #cerrado #coletoresdesementes #sementesdocerrado #sementesnativas #capimnativo #seeds #semeaduradireta #directseeding #restauração #restoration

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2 months ago

Everyone always says indigenous trees grow slowly.....but here are some of our first acacia trees from some of our initial seedballs we threw out in early 2017 and they are looking very good today! They survived droughts, grazing cows, errant motorists driving on them when they were smaller and yet, here is the result of a handful or two of seedballs we threw out while walking the dogs 🌱🌱

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2 months ago

The Foxground and Berry Bypass project in NSW has been an important one for the local community, establishing infrastructure and improving access in the area. A high rainfall area with a sensitive environment, we needed to re-establish vegetation quickly to prevent erosion and stop sediment entering the multiple surrounding waterways. Our NSW @ecodynamicsgroup team implemented a Hydromulching solution throughout with an excellent final result of thick native shrub cover & grasslands within 2 years. . . . . . . ____________________________________ #Aquaseeding #Revegetation #Hydromulch #Hydromulching #DirectSeeding #Seeding #ErosionControl #DustSuppression

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2 months ago

One of the very last direct seedlings of the season! The fall is known as harvest time but seeds are still being put in the ground. Using the Jang seeder 6 beds (aka 600 ft) can be seeded in a really short time. It takes us about an hour because we have to change the seeds a bunch of times but still! That's fast. It's a pretty freaking amazing tool for small farms.

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2 months ago

Before (1st photo Oct. 2017) and after (Sept. 2018) at the @worldvisionke farmer managed natural regeneration site we seeded with 50kgs of grass seedballs and 10kg of tree seedballs last year. 😊

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Turma da agro, atenção! 🚨 🌱🚨🌱 O Sistema de Plantio Direto (SPD) é uma tecnologia conservacionista que teve grande desenvolvimento a partir da década de 1990 no Brasil e já se encontra bastante difundida entre os agricultores, dispondo-se, atualmente, de sistemas adaptados a diferentes regiões e aos diferentes níveis tecnológicos. Mas como dizer SPD em inglês?🤓 Bora lá reter mais esse vocabulário 😄 #esl #englishfun #englishtips #englishtime #englishtip #englishathome #englishlearning #dicasdeingles #linguainglesa #aprendaingles #agro #agronomia #agronomy #agronomylife #directseeding #plantiodireto #farm #farmer #campo #sistemaplantiodireto

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2 months ago

Direct seed or transplant - sometimes it depends on the plant itself.⠀ Beets, beans, and carrots grow well from direct seed.⠀ Read the new article to see which plants benefit from transplanting and which method is better for your fields! https://www.westarseeds.com/transplant-or-direct-seed/ . .⠀ .⠀ #soilprep #seedsowing #grownfromseed #vegetablegarden #seedlings #gardenlove #vegepatch #veggiepatch #homegarden #veggiegarden #vegetablegardening #farm #farming #farmlife #farmers #agtech #agriculture #agriculturelife #agriculturafamiliar #seeds #harvest #agriculture_global #agricultureworldwide #westarseeds #directseeding

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2 months ago

The little acacia trees from 3 posts ago are loving the Kwale weather! If you look closely on the photo you can see an ant climbing up the tree 😊....it's not even a month old and its already playing it's amazing role in the ecosystem 😙

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For a tree to survive the dry seasons, browsing from goats and wildlife etc. it needs a good, strong and healthy root system. This is one of the biggest advantages of direct seeding trees in dryland areas. Compare the seedlings in the photos below the acacia in the milk container has been in a nursery setting for 3 months the others were directly rooted from seedballs. The larger root to shoot biomass ratio of the directly seeded acacias gives the trees a tremendous advantage over traditionally planted seedlings in holes.

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2 months ago

Finished project | This small reserve in the northern suburbs of Melbourne is about to be handed over to council. The reserve was created to protect a number of mature River Red Gums and Grey Box. The understory was very degraded so the Landscape Architect; @gblalandscape included native grass direct seeding in the plans. . It will look fantastic in a couple of months when the grasses flower, we'll do an update then! . #directseeding #nativegrass #nativegrasses #ecologicalrestoration #grasslandrestoration #grassywoodlands #floravictoria #revegetation #landscapedesign #landscapearchitecture #conservation

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