Category archives: Articles

  • Direct seeding

  • As autumn turns into winter, it is becoming more and more difficult to dig holes - the soil is either frozen or heavy and sticky. What do we do then with the Seed It Forward motto about planting anywhere and anytime? Fortunately, there is a simple and elegant solution for that: direct seeding. According to the definition*, direct seeding (or direct sowing) consists of sowing seeds directly onto a seedbed in the final growing position for the woodland. On the one hand, this method presents a series of disadvantages: The seeds sown, and especially young seedlings are more sensitive to climate factors (low or high temperatures, early or late frosts, torrential rains, thick layer of s [...]
  • Why fruit forest and not an orchard?

  • In order to get an answer to the question - why fruit forest and not an orchard? -  you just have to understand well each concept and the methods that are applied in each case. Let's start with an orchard. What is, actually, an orchard? Orchard is artificial ecological system, whose biologic equilibrium is maintained by human. Have you ever asked yourself as to why there is so much work to do in an orchard - loosening soil, weeding, spraying against pests, whitewashing tree trunks, etc.? All of these are needed due to the fact that this system is artificial and not self-sufficient (such as a forest). In a forest, the ecological balance is maintained thanks to the interconnections that exis [...]
  • National campaign - do not burn leaves!

  • National campaign - do not burn leaves! Distribute if you want to breathe! Breaking news! Disaster! Plague! Leaves are coming! Oh, what a shame with all those leaves! You sweep them, you burn them, and they keep falling and falling! I'm going to tell you a great secret. If you leave leaves in peace - right there where they have fallen under the tree, the winter and the spring will pass, and leaves will disappear themselves! It is a natural wonder that happens, accurately, each year, thanks to worms and other soil creatures, unless you've already extinguished them in your garden. Do not deceive yourself that you are a good proprietor - when you burn leaves and other vegetal [...]
  • The Seed It Forward Nursery

  • There are different ways to get trees in order to plant them. You can buy them from a nursery, or you can take them from someplace like forest where they have grown by themselves. And there is the most challenging, the most demanding, but also the most heartfelt and thorough option of growing these trees yourself, from seeds. This way, you get them for free in terms of money and do not have to worry about whether it is legal or not to smuggle a tree from the forest. But this way, you are together with these seedlings since their birth, and, unless you have been doing it for years or you are able to tell yourself, "you cannot get 100% survival rate anyway, it's the same way in nature", you a [...]
  • Why Bubuieci?

  • We often get asked as to why do we still bother with Bubuieci despite many difficulties that we meet on the way. Or how did we get stuck choose it, in the first place. Well, we have our reasons, and you can find them below, in form of an analysis: SWOT Bubuieci Strengths: Unwanted land – a former landfill. Not too probable anyone will be interested to seize it from us. Very close to Chisinau, a distance of maximum about 5 minutes from the “Kirpichnii zavod” (“Brick factory”) station with a regular transport (121 minibus route; frequency of 5-15 minutes). Some pioneer species have already been growing there before we came (Russian olive; robinia; blackberry; dogrose). 2200 tre [...]
  • Why do they plant up to 5.000 trees per hectar?

  • The afforestation standards in Moldova, as well as in Romania, presuppose planting of up to 5.000 trees per hectar (based on planting schemes of 2x1m, for example). It seemed so weird to us for quite some time. Then, we realized there are some sensible reasons to do it this way. When you plant more trees per hectar, they reach the self-shading and self-protection stage more quickly, meaning less care is needed of the foresters. In addition, a part of the saplings do not take root or otherwise do not survive the first years, so that the initial number is reduced. And you do not have to plant something additionally, because there is still enough trees. Besides, the initially straight rows t [...]
  • How to plant willows. A practical and detailed photoguide

  • First of all, you should know that’s not as easy as it may seem. Be ready to get dirty! Determine the location. Try to find portions of the rivers that suffer less from pasturing (for example, in such places where the arable land almost borders with the river) and where less people are roaming. Try to evade zones with a lot of reed, or cut it down around the sapling, because there is a high probability the reed will be set on the fire. Find donor trees. It is best if they are young, because the older ones may not be very healthy (affected by fungi or bacteriosis). It is also advisable that these trees are as close as possible to the planting site. If you can find only the large trees [...]
  • 10 facts about Bokashi you should know. Why it has to be in every kitchen?

  • Bokashi is a form of anaerobic fermentation used for pre-composting your food scraps, which then can be composted quickly and completely into nutrient-rich soil - humus. Bokashi removes bad odours and allows treatment of a larger variety of food wastes than conventional composting: you can add small bones, small amounts of meat, oils and cooked food that usually would attract rats and insects to the composting pile. The process of using Bokashi is quite simple, consisting of collecting food waste in a sealed container and adding a substrate inoculated with beneficial microorganisms. This substrate - "Bokashi bran" - can be bought or prepared at home from any carbon-rich material such as [...]