Konstantinos Karoubas

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Recent posts by Konstantinos Karoubas

Good morning everyone,

This is a brief update on the community food forest project.

Today we transplanted Mediterranean Hartwort plants and a few white clover plants to our food forest land.

Our objective is to cover the land as soon as possible and to create soil fertility so our trees can thrive.

The Mediterranean Hartwort covers our entire farm; in the spring the land is covered with a white blanket. The bees in the area love it. It self seeds and comes back year after year (I love these kind of plants).

I am hoping the same will happen at the food forest.


1 day ago

Your statement below caught my attention - that's a worthwhile and a very challenging goal.

"I'm trying to set up my little plot to keep on putting out food long after I'm gone"

From time to time keep us posted.

3 days ago
Hello Dave,

Good write up on the silk tree. I am glad you mentioned the many common names. Around here, mimosa refers to the wattle acacia tree.

I appreciate the instructions on the scarification and the very thorough description of it's uses.

The whole legume family of trees is amazing.

I know of a fellow in India, who unfortunately passed away a few years ago; his name was Raju Titus. He followed the principles of Natural Farming of Masanobu Fukuoka, San. He used an acacia tree he called Subabul, and I think it was the Leucaena leucocephala. He used this tree as ground cover, and to supply nitrogen and fertility for his soil. Just like Fukuoka used white clover to grow his wheat and rice. Raju grew wheat and vegetables with the aid of this tree; he also fed his goats and sold the surplus wood they produced !!!

Raju had a beautiful farm and was totally independent and self-sufficient without any outside inputs (fertilizers etc).

So I am glad to see you looking into the silk tree for your area, and I hope it works out and grows everywhere like a weed.

For our farm, the golden rain tree, Koelreuteria paniculata, also a nitrogen fixer, wants to grow everywhere and I am delighted to see it.

4 days ago
Hello Joanne,

Thank you for sharing the info on the mimosa's.

How do you grow the mimosa's from seed? Do you need to scarify them in any way?

5 days ago
Hello Gordon,

Very interesting on the oak savannas and the controlled fires to keep the ecosystem in check - I learned a lot - thank you.

In order for this to work, it requires for us to be good stewards of nature…greed, love of excessive material possessions and egoism have no place in this endeavor.

In order for us to survive on this planet, the best of us, the best of our nature, needs to come out and act accordingly.

I wonder how the land in Canada is recovering after the huge summer fires.

I have relatives in Montreal, who are in their 90’s and they tell me, this was their first winter without snow during the holidays !!!

5 days ago
Hello Helen,

What a beautiful picture, full of life !!!

The carob is an amazing tree. Drought tolerant, it lives to 1000 years, with very useful edible fruits. Each of these young trees can be productive for hundreds of years.

It would be great if you can transplant them.

I hope you keep the mother tree. As far as I know, few of the carob trees produce seeds that germinate easily.

Keep us posted on that.

We have been reading about the drought in Spain and the desertification…we are not far behind, especially in the south and in some of the islands. We are paying the price of the mechanized chemical agriculture of the last 75 years, and our way of life.

To lower the soil and air temperature, besides planting trees, we need to keep the farmland covered with a green cover - plants and grasses - year round. Without using precious groundwater.

It's not easy, but it's doable.

5 days ago
Hello Madeleine,

I don't have any experience with jujubes.

I know the carob seeds need to be scarified to have a chance to sprout.

Also check underneath the carob tree that you are collecting seeds from. If there are baby carob trees growing…collect seeds from that tree.

And I totally agree on offering many seeds…the more the merrier.

By observing what grows naturally at the side of the road, you will get hints about what is possible.

Here, wild pears self seed and grow abundantly at the side of the roads. We also have almonds, wild figs, and oaks shrubs by the roadside.

Oak shrubs are found throughout the country.

6 days ago
Hello Dave,

Yeah, interesting discussion on the pines and controlled burns.

I am amazed at how fertile the land becomes after a fire.

The acidic, pine polluted soil becomes fertile.

It  gives us a window of 2 to 3 years to introduce other tree species and shrubs.

Do you think oak forests also need controlled burns?

6 days ago
Hello Jesse,

Good write up on Elderberries…It sounds like your location is ideal for them. I tried to grow them on my farm, with no luck. They just didn't like the soil, micro climate etc. I have seen grow abundantly in other locations.

But you bring up a very good point. We should grow trees shrubs and grasses that grow like a “weed” on our land. Then farming and “reforestation” are easy.

In the role of the "master" the farmer commands the "servant" (land) what to grow...often with disastrous results.

In the role of the "servant", the farmer offers seeds and observes to see what the land wants to grow. The end result of this situation, is improved soil fertility and abundant harvests.

6 days ago
Thanks for writing Lola,

I don't have any experience with  tropical almonds...

I would just put a few in the ground next fall and see what happens.

Trees grown from seed can take anywhere from 5 to 10 years to bear fruits depending on the soil conditions and availability of water.

1 week ago