Anna and I moved to the lovely little Spanish village of Sayalonga which is in the south of Spain and about 45 minutes east of Malaga. It is known as the Axarquia area or the Costa Del Sol region of Spain. When we first moved to Spain our house was located on a mountainside with a lot of unusable land. See the Photo Gallery Page for photos.
We hired a mini digger to terrace the property to give us a lot more useful land, but there was one problem. We had very bad soil erosion in the first heavy rain so we started researching for plants with a good root structure. Since Anna is originally from Rhodesia, now of course Zimbabwe she knew about Vetiver Grass. Vetiver's scientific name is Chrysopogon Zizanioides. Vetiver quickly solved our erosion problem so we kept planting more over the years. On this page we have attached a number of links to show how this grass is helping in many parts of the world. Vetiver has many uses in addition to preventing soil erosion. It is also used for purifying grey water from septic systems and for farm animal feed and much more. There is a great selection of photos on the pages on our website.
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An interesting article from Herb Cottage in Hallettsville, Texas on the many uses of Vetiver Grass. Great reading. Click here.
3 month old plants grown from single slips in Sayalonga, Spain. They were shipped in from Italy 4 years ago.
Below is an excellent example of a study on the ability of the Vetiver grass to withstand fires. It is an incredibly vibrant grass.
Thanks to Paul Truong and Frank Mason for this information. They are Veticon Consulting in Australia and part of the TVNI team. Paul is the Technical Director of TVNI.
Same plants as above on August 19, 2015 with a beautiful (Miracle Tree) Moringa tree in the foreground.
There are many Agricultural Applications for Vetiver
Here are just a few examples
Vetiver's is best known for managing erosion. Water has to go somewhere and Vetiver allows you to direct the water to where you want it to go. When placed in an inlet where springs where the incoming water feeds another body of water it slows down the runoff while filtering the incoming water. It also preserves the valuable top soil that can be lost during heavy rain / water movement. It also keeps fertilizers and other contaminants from entering our precious ground water. We also make a totally natural Vetiver fertilizer. Contact us for information.
Vetiver roots grow to 3-4 metres deep. They pull up additional nutrients into their leaves that normal plants cannot reach. Therefor the mulch is highly nutririous. The roots actually store water. Vetiver not only increases soil moisture, helps keep weeds down and it actually helps maintain the moisture in the soil. This is not only our experience but it is a phenomenon that has been recognized world-wide. We have found that we require less water than we used to prior to introducing Vetiver. We have over 300 avocado trees which consume a lot of water.
On our property as well as others where the steep inclines have been cleared and terraced for additional crop production we have found that Vetiver has been a tremendous help. Vetiver stopped the erosion on our newly created terraces in additions to providing wind protection in the winter for our tender young avocado trees. Out of 300 avocado trees we have lost only one from wind damage.
The Spanish Government used Vetiver in 2008 to stabilize farm roads with steep roadside slopes to stop rock slides and mud slides in the Murcia region. We have done the same numerous times with great results. Here is a link to that report in Spanish. Click here.
Vetiver actually repairs and protects land, gullies and areas with erosion and landslide potential.
Vetiver benefits all types of crops through conserving the ground moisture and keeping the valuable top soil in place. It also provides more nutrients from its deep roots system for the various crops which results in better crop growth and harvest yield. Vetiver forms a symbiotic relationship with almost any plant and does not crowd the other plants or trees while helping the symbiotic plant.
Vetiver is sterile and can be trimmed and used as a very nutritious animal feed or mulch with the added benefit of being a natural insect repellent. See some of the articles on this page for additional information on increasing productivity. Vetiver cleans septic system leach fields, leachate fields left from mining activities, chemical spills, etc.
If you have any questions we are always here to answer them for you, send you photos of projects, trials that we are doing, etc.
Vetiver Grass is used to halt or control erosion and it is also used worldwide to increase crop production.
This is a 3 year old plant that has been cut back every 3 months, dried and then used as mulch, rabbit and horse feed which is highly nutritious. Our rabbits love it. Vetiver is used in the Permaculture industry.
We have also discovered that we no longer have issues with mites in our chicken pen and no more ear mite problems with the rabbits. It used to be are year round problem before adding dried Vetiver to the hay in their pens.
Vetiver Spain - Erosion Control, Vetiver Grass,
Soil Conservation, Erosion Control Products,
Erosion Control Methods.
Plants for Hillside Erosion Control
A Division of Khus Viveros SL, Spain
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Youtube of an animated version of the system
Links to more useful information:
How to grow Vetiver for the essential oils from their roots for many different purposes in many different ways. Clickhere for the PDF file from www.vetiver.org.
VETIVER IS USED TO INCREASE CROP PRODUCTIONS AROUND THE WORLD.
This is only one link. Credit goes to TVNI. Click Ethiopia This is only one of many links, too many articles, examples and YouTubes to list here.
For more information on increasing crop production, search here.
Another great article by TVNI about crop yield increases using Vetiver.
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Also from Agriflora here is a link to an article about the
An article from Farmer's Weekly in South Africa where Vetiver has been used for years.
VETIVER USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH GRAPE VINEYARDS TO INCREASE YIELD AND FRUIT SIZE FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE WORLD.
All articles courtesy of TVNI at www.vetiver.org Check them out as there is a world of information on their site.