Saturday, 22 January 2011

Revegetation mini project

A week ago I spent the day with some volunteers planting over a hundred Sour Fig or Suurvy (Carpobrotus edulis and C. mellei) on a section of the property suffering from erosion due to previous over-grazing. I chose to plant Suur-vygies because these do very well on other parts of the property, forming big carpets of spongy, juicy leaves. One can also make jam out of the fruit.

We spent the morning digging up baby vygies from a lucerne field, before loading up a water tank and heading out. We then had to dig holes in the open ground (which could be very hard despite the fact we had chosen to do this on a day after a good rain) and put the plants in. In the evening, Peter and Viki were rewarded with a lovely pizza meal courtesy of Anja. 

If you are interested in helping out with similar projects, we would love to hear from you. Volunteers who spend 2 weeks or more stay free.

1 comment:

  1. It will not just give you with food, but it will also help the ecosystem. Re-vegetation is an important and urgent issue in natural resources management and good that you have started your part.

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