2018 will be focused on the exciting process of planting out our high-value orchard species. Over the past two years, we have been collecting species from around the world and around Barbados and started growing them out in pots in our nursery. These fruit crops will be planted and maintained for high volume yields that will be contributed to the local, organic food movement. Last year we started the orchard planting process in a few areas, but this year we will really focus more on those systems. Other than that, the primary activity that will take place this year will be that of maintaining previous plantings. ������By the end of 2018, the entire reserve will be well-vegetated and almost all indications that it was once a sand quarry will be behind us.
As we can see in the map above, during both the dry and wet seasons, the focus will be on maintaining existing plantings from the previous year. The entire area needs to be cared for and maintained throughout the dry season. The areas in red will require maintenance throughout the wet season as well. In the area in brown around the Clay Hills and Central Valley, the process of planting the long term species, namely, orchard trees and native forest trees respectively, will begin.
Dry Season 2018
- All the pioneer establishments planted in the previous two years will need to be maintained during the dry season.
- The establishment of orchard species in the South Lake and Sand Hill Base areas will need to be maintained, and minimal maintenance will also be needed for the healthy growth of the native forest species planted on Sand Hill 1.
- The rotational grazing of the pasture area will continue during this time as well.
- There will be a lot of ongoing work in the nursery during the dry season, as preparations are being made for the planting that will be taking place the upcoming rainy season as well as the next.
- At this point, the earthworks on site will be completed, except for maybe some small scale earth-working around structures and unique spots. ����������This will be designed in future stages.
- Dune Restoration on DR2 should continue to proceed along the lines laid out in the Dune Restoration Pattern Document.
- At this point, the dunes would have been planted, and these will need to be monitored and maintained for the successful establishment of these species.
- Turtle-nesting habitat has been returned to great health.
Rainy Season 2018
- On most of the site, the hard and important work of maintaining the existing plantings will be required.
- The Permaculture Orchard Pattern will continue with the planting of fruit trees on much of the area that is in brown on the map above.
- The native trees species will be planted into parts of SH2 and rotational grazing will continue as well.
Many different planting patterns are being utilized this rainy season. Depending on the specific plot, one or more patterns may apply, but this depends on a variety of reasons. This year many of the patterns are in the maintenance phase. The planting patterns are:
- The Permaculture Orchard Pattern
- The Extreme Slope Planting Pattern
- The Heavy Slope Planting Pattern
- The Dune Restoration Pattern
- The Wetlands Conservation Pattern
- The Aquaculture Patterns
- The Entrance Way Pattern
Each plot will continue with the process laid out for them in these planting patterns. This may be pioneer planting, orchard planting, native tree species establishment, rotational grazing or conservation efforts.