» Archive for June, 2008

Diversifying our Treescape!

Friday, June 27th, 2008 by admin

The forest here mostly consists of pines, oaks, and madrones.

We’ve planted several different types of trees in past years to try to diversify the forest a bit.

This year we are planting over 600 new trees! They include: fig, citrus, avocado, jacaranda, mora, nispero (loquat), pomegranate, cedar, and ash.

We also are planting thousands of tree seeds. We are testing whether we can propagate madrones and cedars well from seeds. Madrones especially would be a wonderful gift for our local neighbors to plant in their yard.

Volunteering at the Bosque

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 by Marie

We are beginning to receive many applications for our volunteer program! You can read about our volunteer program here.

While we have hosted volunteers before, this is our first big push to recruit long-term WWOOFers and other volunteers to come help us out with gardening and natural building.

This June we’ve had two wonderful volunteers: Katie and Alyssa. They both came to us through WWOOF Mexico. WWOOF stands for Willing Workers On Organic Farms.

So far it has been really helpful to have enthusiastic folks around willing to work hard and get their hands dirty as we push through this month of planting.

More folks will be arriving soon! Yay!

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please visit our webpage. We are seeking self-motivated and responsible WWOOFers and other volunteers!

Cuttings Galore

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008 by admin

We are finally near the end of our window for planting cuttings.

This year we did really well - we have nearly filled our barranca gardens with cuttings of succulents, vines, flowers, bougainvillea, datura, lemon verbana, and trees. We also visited many gardens of folks around the Lake P√°tzcuaro area to trim their plants - many thanks to the generous folks who let us take cuttings from their gardens!

We know some cuttings will do really well based on tests from years before. We also have tried some test plants to see if we will have success. Our methods are hard on some plants. The idea is to do cuttings direct in ground so that we can propagate plants without using any pots or water. Some of the cuttings will establish enough roots in the ground during the rainy season to be able to survive the entire dry season. The plants that survive will be moved to their new homes throughout the forest next June - and then we repeat the process again!

Plants that have done well in the past are rosemary, roses, jade, other succulents, malvo, and datura. Below are succulents that should do very well.

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