You can learn at our Sierra Retreat how to take care of your land with the most effective practices. The Dehesa ecosystem is a full self maintained agriculture exploitation system we practice at the refuge in Andalucia. Come and we will share with you our organic techniques.
Turf is King:
The green lawn is no longer the ideal or the goal. Turfgrass is one of the most wasteful of our natural resources, not to mention high time-consuming to maintain by the owner. Today´s gardeners are looking at other groundcover choices including expanding shrub borders, installing edible beds, and hardscaping pathways.
Chemical used to be answer to all of our garden´s ills, but along with killing grubs, they were also taking a toll on your own health and that of the local environment. The key words today are diagnosis first, then exploration of chemical alternatives, second, living with some imperfection is very 21st Century.
Dig and Double Dig:
Just a few years ago, we were all urged to dig in that compost and fertilizer to really work it in. Researchers have shown that we are doing far more damage to the soil´s structure than any benefit. In addition, we are turning up new weed seeds that would otherwise be dormant. Stop digging and start layering on materials to decompose and work their own way.
Fertilizer spreaders are joining the VCR and transistor radio in scrap heaps. Most fertilizer applied on and around plants washes away and into our local streams. Today the word is to feed the soil, not the plants. Healthy soil promotes strong growth. Add your homemade compost and organic mulch to your beds to provide nutrients.
The oscilating sprinkler is another dinosaur headed for the junkyard. Good gardeners know to group their plants by their watering needs and to use drip irrigation, not overhead sprinklers or hoses.