Masanobu Fukuoka, it is fair to say, has had a big impact on our lives. If you haven't read The One Straw Revolution, then you must.
He is, in many ways, the Godfather of Permaculture, with his total respect for the way ecosystems function and his ability to work within those parameters to create rice and barley yields, with no chemical inputs at all, that match and sometimes exceed the yields of his neighbouring industrial farms.
He is no longer with us unfortunately, but one of his most enduring legacies is the 'seed pellet'. Seed which is encased in a natural protective shell of nutrient rich clay so that ants and birds won't eat it as it waits where it has been sown for just enough rain to melt its armour and allow it to germinate.
Here at Finca Slow we have been planning an autumn sowing of the olive grove to increase natural fertility, create perennial protective groundcover for the bare soil and to create a living pasture full of nectar for bees and food and medicine for chickens and other livestock.
Last week we put those plans into action and mixed 42 varieties of seeds together into a mix of clay soil, sifted compost and water. Treaded through well and then rolled out into long snakes to be then broken into small, pea size pellets and dried in the sun.
We then rotavated the compacted soil we didn't plant into last spring and sowed the seed pellets awaiting the autumn rains.
They're coming this week...