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Seeds to start from

To start seeding and growing I can choose from the following organic seeds. I have grouped them together in boxes according to their needs as Full sun lovers, Plants who after some years can survive on their own on dryland, Shade lovers, Moisture lovers (you are right, not so good in this climate), Plant who need to be watered once or twice a week. 
Two figs, one pink Grapefruit and one Gincko biloba all grown from seeds I will take with me on the plane in my suitcase, without their dirt on according to Greek law.


Nitrogen fixers Leucaena leucocephala (local!) , Erythrina, Pigeon Pea, //*Autumn olive, white clover
Mineral fixers (N,P,K): Mulberry, lemon balm, mint, comfrey, //yarrow, strawberry,
Mulching / Chop & Drop: Leucaena leucocephala , Mulberry, Comfrey, Lemon grass, jerusalem Artichoke, //Autumn Olive,
Evergreens: Mulberry, Lychee, Suriname cherry, Rose apple, Mangosteen, Guava 3-10m, soursop 10m,
Ground covers: Comfrey, Thyme, Chinese Lantern - Physalis alkekengi (moist), // Wh…
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Whoofen op subtropisch Kreta

Laat ik me eerst even voorstellen. Ik ben Annette (58). Als hobbies ben ik natuurlijk imker met top bar hives, koudpers ik mijn honing en kruidenvrouwtje.  Ik begin half oktober op mijn nieuw verkregen vrijwel geheel natuurlijke kavel van 4.100m2 + 3.000m2 kale bergtop erboven. Er staan ook 10 olijfbomen op maar die hebben de laatste 40 jr geen aandacht gehad. Ik verheug me erop om zoveel mogelijk op de zon te gaan koken in een zelfgebouwde zonneoven.

Mijn PDC van 3 weken heb ik in tropisch Thailand gedaan als voorbereiding op mijn eigen food forest ergens in de warmte.

Lijkt het je leuk mij een tijdje in de periode januari-april 2018  te komen helpen, van elkaar te leren en in een tentje te bivakkeren op 1.5 km van zee, kijk dan op mijn Kretablog en stuur me een berichtje.

In januari kunnen de nachttemperaturen tot 7C dalen . Overdag schijnt over het algemeen de zon, loop je in T-shirt en is het minimaal 12C in de schaduw. Er zijn dan nog steeds mensen die zwemmen. Op een beschutte p…

Bill Mollison, Lectures for Dryland

Big drop in the land

The former neighbor to the left liked to have his Olive farm on flat land, so he toke the mountain on his side away. Luckily in dry areas like this such steep drops stay like this.

But what should I do to prevent for worse?
Planting Mimosa from nature along and on the drop to keep the earth together?
And of course planting trees like Citrus and Fig along the drop to prevent the soil from sliding down.



Maybe a first perpendicular swale from where you see the more horizontal grass area (left side) changing into a downward going more varied grass area?

A swale is a permaculture term for a sinus shape soil area in order for rainwater staying longer in that area.

The land at the start

View to the South from the mid lower part of the land. Height around 200 meter. Some of the tops around are 340 meter in height.

 View to the south.

 View to the south, from the middle lower part, with natural green.

 View to the southwest. Middle part. Natural green and some parts with grasses.

 View to the East, with a natural green  'mammoot azalea'.

The highest part of the land seen from the middle part of the land, including the top of 3.000 m2. This grass is bordering a 3-4 m deep cut down in the land to the left, where the neighbor has made his land flat for olive trees in rows.

From the middle part taken to the top, view Northeast. The high tree being an olive tree. The land has not been watered or cared for for 20-30-40 or more years. All photographs taken at the end of April with temperatures around 24 C.

 View for the upper middle part of the land, more land inwards, looking NE. The tree on the right close by will be bearing fruit.

 View towards NE.

From the same p…