Olias, land of opportunity. 

As I make my way down the banks of the terrain, I ask myself, how can one exploit this land to make it reach it’s full potential? Could it be supporting biodiversity through enriched gardening? By bringing people together to appreciate and learn from nature? Or perhaps by gathering nutritious food produced following ecological principles? 


In this breathtaking land overlooking the hills and sea of Málaga, Victor carefully works the land, harvesting fruits and vegetables all year long. At the same time, he has conceded me permission to study the existing species, soil and climate, to propose a plan for increasing biodiversity and human appreciation through gardening. 

 



“The idea is not to copy nature, but to give a feeling of nature” -Piet Oudolf 

ALGARROBO

ALGARROBO

La algarroba tiene propiedades astringentes, al igual que la corteza, y, además, es antidiarreica y digestiva. Su alto contenido en pectina la hace también bactericida, antiviral, coagulante, anticancerígena y un buen remedio contra el colesterol


higo

HIGO

Los higos son ricos en azúcares naturales, minerales, fibra soluble, potasio, calcio, magnesio, hierro y cobre y son una fuente de vitaminas antioxidantes A y K que contribuyen a generar importantes beneficios para la salud y el bienestar, así como ayudar al deportista a la recuperación a través de la nutrición.




           

ALMENDRA

Su consumo combate la diabetes al ayudar a controlar el azúcar en la sangre, además de ser un alimento bajo en carbohidratos y alto en grasas saludables, proteína y fibra, lo que las hace un alimento ideal para diabéticos. Además, es fuente de magnesio, un mineral involucrado en la regulación del azúcar en sangre.







MEMBRILLO

Su consumo combate la diabetes al ayudar a controlar el azúcar en la sangre, además de ser un alimento bajo en carbohidratos y alto en grasas saludables, proteína y fibra, lo que las hace un alimento ideal para diabéticos. Además, es fuente de magnesio, un mineral involucrado en la regulación del azúcar en sangre.







Here I am, en el campo de Victor. In the early hours of the morning, I hear birds flapping their wings “wooosh…whoosh…whoosh”. Birds twinkling. The sun is still rising above the hill, clouds are low, and the horizon is pink. I stand still, look out, hundreds of olive trees, maleza, and a blue hint of the sea to my left. As I make my way down the bancales, 4 cats and a dog follow behind me. I stop, they stop. I continue my way down.


As I discover the bancales, or the layers of this big onion, I come up with the idea to create an interconnected collection of gardens, with layers and depth. Through observation will you notice these. As you go through these gardens discovering the different layers, the path will take you all the way around, creating an infinite flow.

The landscape is mostly green with terracotta red and fennel yellow highlights. Shrubby: fennel, jara, wild lavender, (fill in all species identified), and woody: olives, figs, algarrobos, encinas, pines… (fill in all species identified)


I was pleased to see when stopping by the veggie garden, some salvia we planted last year! My goal was to cook some delicious pasta with it, forse gnocchi con burro.


In this multilayered garden, I want to design with the senses. Making smell, touch, hearing and taste priorities, sight will follow. An onion to be unfolded and discovered, with different steps and purposes. 
  1. Smell: promotion of fauna, herbal plants.
  2. Taste: cooking, herbs, medicinal purposes.
  3. Hearing: creating more habitats for fauna, birds insects.
  4. Touch: fruits to be harvested.
  5. Sight: recollecting the wild, captivating. Visually pleasing

  • What can I add and contrast with? (Plants and flowers)
  • Viveros de especies autóctonas
  • How to design for the senses: touch, smell, taste, hearing, sight.
  • How to promote and amplify wildlife? Plants for bee honey?
  • How to conduct a plant species survey?
  • What is a syntropic farm?
  • What is permaculture?
  • What is regenerative agriculture? How do you apply this?
  • What plants are here? Chart with species, cost, maintenance and benefits.
  • Steps for planting?
  • Reservoirs, is it feasible?? Benefits and disadvantages. What are the local species and wildlife of Malaga? Local geology, farming history. Types of soil (red, white, brown)What foods and plants are best grown here?




Intro

-Research question and focus.

¿Cómo puede la jardinería aumentar la fauna local y estimular los sentidos?

¿Hasta qué punto es necesaria la jardinería en las fincas agrícolas?

¿Qué sistema de cultivo es más eficaz en el clima mediterráneo seco?

¿Como se pueden crear sistemas de vida a través de la jardinería en una finca agrícola?




How can gardening enhance local wildlife and stimulate the senses?

To what extent is gardening necessary on agricultural farms?

What cultivation system is most effective in the dry Mediterranean climate?

How can living systems be created through gardening on an agricultural farm?




1. Local context

1.1-Historia agricultural

1.2- Clima,  geologia y geografia

1.3- Especies y fauna autoctona

1.4- Olias en contexto- introducción del espacio (bancales, plantas etc)




2. Working the land - subbranches of agriculture

2.1- What is agriculture? Intro to branches.

2.2- Permaculture

2.3- Regenerative

2.4- Hydroponic

2.5- Syntropic farming




3. Gardening for farms

3.1-Naturalistic gardening

3.2- Ecological gardening

3.3- Biodynamic gardening




4. Feeding the senses

4.1- Designing for the senses- creating experiences.

4.2- Smell, touch, hearing, taste, sight







5. Testing and results

5.1-Plant survey: vegetation quadrat randomly 1mx1m. Marc up to survey every year. https://northernwoodlands.org/knots_and_bolts/humble-quadrat

-Do other surveys in different fincas and wilder areas (compare)

-Soil survey: (Sand:visible with magnifying glass, silt: visible with microscope, clay: visible with electron microscope)

-How does the soil drain?: Percolation test.

Count species growing in the square, identify and amount of cover (how much area it takes up-from base:roots)



5.2- Design concept

5.2-Planting







Conclusion

Recap of main points, new ideas and discoveries, fresh conclusion.