4 results for tag: experimental garden


SOIL Partnership Gets Vegetative with Vetiver Experiment

We love looking at the effect of compost on agricultural production, and we love it when other organizations take an interest too! This time we have teamed up with Caribbean Flavors and Fragrances S.A. (CFF), a Haitian company in Port-au-Prince that manufactures essential oils, and the Sustainable Lush (SLush) funding program through the handmade cosmetics company Lush. This agriculture experiment focuses on vetiver, a robust plant whose roots contain an essential oil that CFF extracts and Lush incorporates into many of its cosmetic products. Vetiver (scientific name Chrysopogon zizanioides) is a perennial bunchgrass perhaps not quite as well known ...

Further Successes in the SOIL Pepper Plots!

Another great update from the SOIL Experimental Gardens at Penye. On January 8, the SOIL team came together for the second of three harvests in the Pepper Plots, and we were once again thrilled to see how successful SOIL compost was in aiding the growth of our green peppers. Our January harvest was especially fun for us, because we had some unexpected helpers! The SOIL Audit team, comprised of our auditor, our Board Treasurer, and our Treasurer's son, took time during their visit to Port-au-Prince to dig in and get their hands dirty helping with the harvest. We love when our visitors get involved, and were honored to have the team's help. Results ...

Beautiful Peppers, Courtesy of SOIL Compost

Some encouraging (and tasty) news from the SOIL gardens at Penye. We have harvested our latest crop of green peppers, planted in evenly sized, spaced, and watered plots, but with one important difference: one plot was planted with no compost, one was planted with 3 pounds of SOIL compost per foot, and one with 1.5 pounds of compost per foot. The result? The plot without compost yielded far fewer peppers, and they were small and scraggly. The plot with 1.5 pounds of compost per foot yielded strong, healthy, beautiful and bountiful peppers; they got our tummies rumbling! We're not entirely sure why, but the 1.5 pound per foot patch resulted in a better ...

Experimental Garden Success!

Fantastic news from the experimental garden at Pernier: A batch of cabbages came in last week, some grown with SOIL compost, some without. The cabbages grown without compost looked perfectly fine, but the SOIL compost cabbages looked magnificent! Everyone in the office was excited to see the results of such a successful agricultural trial, and immediately set about quantifying the differences between the two experimental crops. The 'With Compost' patch yielded 14 cabbages, with an average weight of 1.3 kilograms. The 'Without Compost' patch yielded just 4 cabbages, weighing an average 0.6 kilograms. The power of compost prevails! After weighing ...