Marco Wollank

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D. Klaer wrote:Have you considered using vetiver?



Thanks for the advice. I'll check if it's available on the island

It could still work, even in the shallower subsoils.  Create a "berm" around the hole to make it "deeper".



Thanks for your optimism. Sorry I'm not familiar with the word berm. Is it like a surrounding wall? Something like that?

3 years ago

Maureen Atsali wrote:To get bananas established. We dig holes about 3 ft down and 3 ft wide (can you dig down at all, or is it rock under?).



Good question! I'm afraid I can't dig more than 1,5 ft down. I'll travel tomorrow to the land with a pick and shovel and see what's going on. The quary right next to the land is pure limestone with approx. a 1,5 ft layer of soil or sub soil.
3 years ago
Hi guys,

picture album of the land here: http://imgur.com/a/rBmce

We're currently in the process of collecting all the needed documents to buy this piece of land. The price is USD $80,000 for 5 acres or 2 hectars.

Big selling point of this land is 306 degree view (ocean view in the north and south, mountain and sunset view, sunrise behind a mountain top). Public road access, electricity and fast internet connection since the cellphone towers are approx in a 500m distance.

Challanges currently:

  • Soil erosion. See pictures.
  • Water supply. There is a water pipe on the land already, but the pressure is very low and only running for a couple of hours a day. We're looking into drilling a well.


  • Text from the picture: "2 hectars (5 acres) of former single crop corn land. Most plants and trees have been removed and the soil was exposed to the elements (sun, heavy rains and winds) for many years. The soil on most parts of the land is rocky. I suspect all layers of soil have been washed away, parent material in most parts visible. Flat parts or with a small degree of slopes show some vegetation (trees and bushes)."

    My plan initially was to build a small residential house with the nice view on top of the hill and start with livestock and Tilapia aquaculture. If possible some banana circles with greywater from the house. But at this stage I'm having doubts, since there could be no fertile soil left and the land to build Banana Circles. Composting is an option, but since the land is almost empty it could be hard gatherin organic materials to compost. Talking to neighbors, restaurants and market places for organic waste is an option, too.

    To fix the soil erosion longterm I'd setup swales / terraces and banana circles in the slopes.

    Would you buy this land for permaculture purposes? Are the challanges realistic to fix? Thank you so much for your help, guys.
    3 years ago