Mara van den Berg
Student Organic Agriculture at Wageningen university
I am doing an experiment with different types of ground-cover in the pistachio orchard at La Junquera. A mix of Yeros, Veza, Cebada and Mustaza will grow along natural occurring vegetation between the pistachio trees. This permanent ground-cover could be an important measure in preventing evaporation of water from the soil. Moreover, the extra biomass in and above the ground will support life in the soil and the build up of organic matter, witch will make the soil more fertile. On top of that the flowers will attract pollinating insects and give beauty to the scene!