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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Community Corral

As I mentioned last week in the Deliverance post, our Spanish neighbors have given us their Corral to use to raise some chickens and grow our own whilst we are in the process of building our own homestead.

View of the corral from the gate

Logan helping to clean up

The Corral
Since we hope to be finished building and living on our own land within the next year or two we've decided that we will set the corral up as a community garden for the residents to take over once it is established. Our village is somewhat of a food desert, although it has a bakers the nearest market or greengrocers is 8 miles away. Most of the village are elderly so if we can grow an abundance at the corral and bring the residents together with something they can all share in it would make such a difference to the community. The position of the corral on a prominent corner lends itself to this project perfectly.


Corral South Side

Mostly used to store firewood and scrap

Corral North View
At the moment the space is used to store an assortment of firewood and scrap timber, most of which is riddled with woodworm so we wont be able to salvage it for any building projects such as the chicken coop etc. 
The Corral is 12.5 x 12m so approx 150m2 in size. The weeds used to be waist high but our neighbour had a friend keep a couple of horses in there for a while which has kept them at bay. Apparently one year they tried to grow potatoes in the ground but nothing came of them so they have told me the soil is too poor for growing. Hopefully I can teach them how to use Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture techniques to grow everything they want in this space.

Shaded south half of the corral
The southern half of the corral is almost in constant shade due o the high wall on that boundary. judging by the netting I suspect that was where they planted the potatoes, possibly to keep them out of the sun and cut down on watering but maybe that area doesn't receive enough sun, or maybe it was just a poor year for potatoes when they tried?

Enthusiastic little helpers!
At the top of the photo above you can see the bank of the dry river bed. It isn't a river any more and now serves as a track for hikers and cyclists. The banks of the riverbed collect all the leaves and windfall from the trees, so I took the children over to collect some of the natural fertility being created over there. This will help us to start our compost pile off with some great microbiology and really enrich the soil.

Logan and Aurora getting in to the rich natural compost beneath the leaf litter
As soon as we pulled back the top layer of leaves we were met with the most amazing smell of good soil! We collected enough to ammend some of our soil and start the compost pile off and made sure to rake leaves back over so as not to destroy the biodiversity in the soil. Below you can see just how rich the soil was underneath, can't wait to get this project up and running and share it with the community and our readers on here. 2017 is going to be an excellent year!

The finest soil



If you have any leftover or unwanted seeds that you could donate to this project they would be gratefully received, many thanks in advance.
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18 comments

  1. What a fantastic idea, giving something back to the community. Love, love , love this! Fingers crossed with a bit of TLC it can become a growing success :-)

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    1. We hope so, it's going to be so fun trying out new things and seeing what works over here

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  2. What an amazing project, it will be wonderful for you to get growing things and share your knowledge in this way. It will be a great way too for you to meet people and get to know the community. I hope it goes well!

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    1. Thanks Amy, we can't wait for the next few weeks to pass so that we can start the growing system

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  3. oh i am sooo thrilled about this project - you guys are REALLY doing it!!! i am so sorry that i haven't gotten the seeds off to you yet - my problem is that we haven't sorted them yet (which is something we usually do in late november/early december). we will get them sorted this week and i will send a bunch off to you.

    i am looking forward to following the incredible journey of the community corral! sending much love to all of you, as always! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Aww thank you Kymber, I did wonder if you had sent them and they had got lost in the post or something, look forward to seeing the lucky dip you put together for us :) ♡

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  4. Great to see you starting on the coral in the beautiful sunshine. It's dull and snowing here, but not too cold, only -5C. Maybe you can check around with the villagers to see if any have scrap wood that you could use for raised beds (thinking of the elderly) and to build compost bins. I would have thought the elderly would have had really nice gardens!

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    1. Unfortunately most of the cave houses in this village do not have a garden or only have a very small tiled patio/courtyard but perhaps we can help them to grow a bit more both in the corral and in the available space they have at home. If we inspire just one home to grow a bit more I would be more than happy.

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    1. If you email me at fast_sos@outlook.com I can give you the address :)

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    1. Thanks Tracy you are awesome! If you email me at fast_sos@outlook.com or drop me a message on FB I can give you the address :)

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  7. You are certainly an ambitious fellow. That's quite an undertaking. I hope it works out, as it would certainly be an improvement over what's there now.

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    1. some would say over-ambitious but I prefer the term "Raving Lunatic"

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    2. i concur. raving lunatic seems about right - bahahahahah!

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  8. What a fabulour legacy to create for your new community :)

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    1. I'm so excited about it I really cant wait to get things going over there

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  9. Grrr - that should have been "fabulous" (note to self: spellcheck!!)

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