water harvesting

Water Conservation, using Absorber & Okoamaji

By Organix Ltd

How can we conserve water?

Organix has two products, Absorber & Okoamaji. Both products can reduce watering frequency, help with aeration, reduce leaching, and uniform germination of seed planted crops.

Watering frequency is reduced depending on the type of soil and weather conditions.
Sandy soils require more water then loamy or clay soils. During hot weather, plants loose a lot of water through their leaves due to transpiration. On average Absorber & Okoamaji can reduce watering frequency by 50%. Suppose you are in a hot area like Turkana and need to water your trees daily during the hot months of January and February. By using Absorber you will only need to water every other day; not only saving you water, electricity or diesel but also it will reduce leaching. The more water you apply the more leaching that occurs. If the water pH is high and there is sodium and bicarbonates in the water, then you do not want to apply too much water. This will keep increasing soil pH as well as the concentration of sodium. Then bicarbonates will build up hindering nutrient uptake by the roots of the plant.

Help with Aeration in soil? The process of continuous absorption and release of water from the Absorber & Okoamaji particles leads to expansion and contraction which will create air pockets in the soil leading to good rooting. With any plant, good feeder roots are the basis of good plant health leading to higher yields.

Leaching reduction? The particles of Absorber & Okoamaji will absorb nutrients dissolved in the water and will release with water. These nutrients may have been washed down in the soil if there was no Absorber. The nutrient use efficiency is increased as a result.

Uniform germination of seed planted crops – small amounts of Absorber when applied with seeds will ensure uniform germination and a healthy start of the plant. In case of a dry spell happening immediately after germination, the chances of mortality will be reduced.

Where can Absorber be used? Tree planting, fruit trees, coffee, tea, landscaping, vegetables, cereals like maize, wheat , …. Pretty much on any plant

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Permaculture Demonstration Site Success

Permaculture Demo Site

Permaculture Demo Site

Coming up to a year ago we formed a beautiful partnership with Distant Relatives Eco Lodge in Kilifi. We not only wanted to facilitate and host our Permaculture Design Courses (PDC) at this vibrant location, but we also wanted to provide a flourishing demonstration site that would yield a productive landscape for the DR community and guests. Today we proudly want to share with you the success we have had on the DR Demo site.

Permaculture Demo Site

Permaculture Demo Site

When we started, the Distant Realtives site was sandy and the soils were unproductive. The site had issues with water catchment and was in need of better ecological management. So, we set out on the journey to turn this site into a Permaculture haven.

Through the principles of Permaculture we have started regenerating the landscape, harmonising different key elements of our system to enhance soil regeneration, flow of nutrients & energy improving the ecological balance.

Barefoot Soulutions Permaculture Design Demonstration Site

Barefoot Soulutions Permaculture Design Demonstration Site

We started by looking at food waste and developing a continuous composting site to enrich the soils. We did water harvesting through landscaping, built up the soils through mulching which covers the ground and puts organic matter back into the soil. We set up a wormery to implement the vermiculture process of using worms to decompose organic food waste, turning the waste into a nutrient-rich material capable of supplying necessary nutrients to help sustain plant growth. We could then start planting seedlings to raise a tree nursery and nurturing a food forest.

The biggest accomplishment today however is the waste water system we set up from the kitchen. Every year Kilifi suffers from a terrible drought. When the rains do come the water catchment from the roofs help, but the ability to re-use the kitchen grey water is what has saved this site.

Learn to live in abundance! If you have enjoyed reading about the success on this site, if you are interested in creating your own Permaculture site/ garden, want to get involved in this movement and learn more, please join us for the next September Permaculture Design Course. On this course you will learn all about Permaculture principles and practical skills needed to start your own site like this!

Barefoot Soulutions Demo Site at Distant Relatives Eco Lodge

Barefoot Soulutions Demo Site at Distant Relatives Eco Lodge