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Sebastian Wolff

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Hi all.

Ive found some great prairie grasses from the USA that have super deep roots (switchgrass, little blue grass, easter gamagrass for riparian zones etc) that really help infiltrate rain water into the soil. Does anyone from the Iberian peninsular (or even southern Europe) know of any similar grasses that I can use here in Portugal?
2 months ago
My brother just dug out 6 huge old grape vines. Theres a bout 45cm tap toot and quite a few laterals.
What do we think their survival rates are for replanting ? The pots are pretty big so they'll need some big holes.
If we think they will survive , any tips for helping with transplant shock?

Cheers
Sebastian

2 months ago
Hi guys

Were just building our compost toilet.
Has anyone found rats or mice and issue with their humanure compost pile?

Cheers
SW
2 months ago
Tks Chris.
So maybe a steel one is better?

4 months ago
Hi guys

Were just about to move off grid.
Ive found a 5000 litre water deposit for our house / rain water to be stored.
Will this plastic container contain parabens? i.e. will the water be contaminated by the plastic?
Any tips on what else to use? maybe galvanised steel?
Tks
SW
4 months ago
Hey guys

Any tips for a refrigerator for living of grid?
I see in the US there are loads of very thickly insulated ones running off AC.

Anyone in Europe got any tips?
Thanks
Sebastian
5 months ago
In the Azores they use charcoal ash. Also it really helps having a vegetarian diet as there is almost never any grease.
6 months ago
Hi guys

Im recovering our (Taipa) rammed clay earth ruin here in the Algarve.
One wall has fallen down completely but the rest LOOKS ok.

Can anyone recommend a book that deals with this kind of building?
Im not keen to get a company involved and the rammed earth course was cancelled due to lack of participants.

Any advice would be great.
TKS :)
Sebastian
6 months ago
Hi guys

Im in the south of Portugal - Algarve, I guess zone 9?

On my land there is what i recently found to be old spring that has dried up.
I noticed in winter (when it rains) that it starts trickling again and there are some moisture loving plants that seasonally grow here.
Further down it fills up the well which stays with water until the end of June.

At the moment there are some very old stone oaks still planted but the rest of the little valley is completely dry and exposed. And Im guessing and hoping this is why the spring has disappeared.
Last winter before I realised it used to be a spring I started planting the trees I had in pots around (the spring source)
A little further down I noticed that even as little as 10 cm beneath the top soil was super wet.

My question is which trees do I plant to replant the spring ?

So far I have put in the vicinity:
Monchique oak (Quercus Canarienses)
Cork oaks.
Fig trees
Wild strawberry (Medronho)
Oak
Carob

Are any of these a bad tree to plant i.e. will it deplete the water instead of plant it?

Also about 40 meters higher is the old ruin that Ill be reconstructing from its original Taipa (mud)
Ill be pulling down the outhouses that were built from old bricks etc and as the slope is quite steep in front of the house and as I want to have minimum waste, Im planning on using the rubble to extend the area in front of the house using the rubble and dirt instead of removing it with a skip.
Do we think this will affect the (currently dry) spring further down (around 40metres) in a negative way or by planting more trees would it raise the water table somehow through the covered rubble?


Cheers
Sebastian
7 months ago
Hi guys

Im in the south of Portugal - Algarve, I guess zone 9?

On my land there is what i recently found to be old spring that has dried up.
I noticed in winter (when it rains) that it starts trickling again and there are some moisture loving plants that seasonally grow here.
Further down it fills up the well which stays with water until the end of June.

At the moment there are some very old stone oaks still planted but the rest of the little valley is completely dry and exposed. And Im guessing and hoping this is why the spring has disappeared.
Last winter before I realised it used to be a spring I started planting the trees I had in pots around (the spring source)
A little further down I noticed that even as little as 10 cm beneath the top soil was super wet.

My question is which trees do I plant to replant the spring ?

So far I have put in the vicinity:
Monchique oak (Quercus Canarienses)
Cork oaks.
Fig trees
Wild strawberry (Medronho)
Oak
Carob

Are any of these a bad tree to plant i.e. will it deplete the water instead of plant it?

Also about 40 meters higher is the old ruin that Ill be reconstructing from its original Taipa (mud)
Ill be pulling down the outhouses that were built from old bricks etc and as the slope is quite steep in front of the house and as I want to have minimum waste, Im planning on using the rubble to extend the area in front of the house using the rubble and dirt instead of removing it with a skip.
Do we think this will affect the (currently dry) spring further down (around 40metres) in a negative way or by planting more trees would it raise the water table somehow through the covered rubble?


Cheers
Sebastian
7 months ago