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Hugo Morvan
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For some years i’ve heard of a mysterious man growing plants for years and years in a very arid poor soiled spot in the south of France.
Recently i’ve come across his videos. His name is Pascal Poot. I love what he has to say. He selects for drought resistant plants in one of Europes hottest spots.
He normally waters only to establish his seedlings and leaves it up to nature from there-on. He doesn’t use chemicals nor a lot of compost.
He believes we need to select for plants which can do without NPK because we are running out of phosphor ( is debated ) and isn’t interested in saving plants from disease either.
He’s been doing this for twenty years. Especially for tomatoes but he grows vegetables as well.
Because he believes in not adding NPK he uses ancient varieties.
I’ve bought this year quite some of his seeds and have been to his farm and was fortunate enough to exchance some words with him.
He didn’t seem impressed by the landracing concept though and was too busy to stay talking.
The area has soil which is very red and sometimes i came across a tenniscourt like structure. Only small trees and shrubs survive there.

In his videos he speaks in French so most can’t follow. He speaks of many things and one struck me that people told him they think he is the only one taking action like he does. He disputed this himself.

Because i live in France and am mainly focused on English(worldlanguage) he has escaped for so long. I wonder if similar folk excist in your countries. It would be great to connect forces. Dream dream...

Having said all that, here is his site.

https://www.lepotagerdesante.com/

And one of his videos

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mSKdkHoKmaY
 
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Hi, Hugo

I have read about Pascal Poot and his tomatoes. I have not seen his videos so I am not sure what technique he uses.

To me maybe it is possible to landrace them into a seed that does not need a lot of water.

He normally waters only to establish his seedlings and leaves it up to nature from there-on.



This may work as survival of the fittest.  The strong seeding survives and produces landrace seeds.

Though what I observe on my property is that when it rains I get a new crop of seedlings.  

Rain changes how a desert looks.  

Where I have a property in West Texas the Ocotillo Plants flower after a rain.

On my property where I live my plants get no water except when it rains.  It is amazing how they survive once established.

Thanks for sharing.
 
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