Is it possible to cultivate the vegetable garden without watering it? Farmer Pascal Poot is experimenting with a type of cultivation in which a lot of water is saved.
Is it really possible to cultivate the vegetable garden without watering it? We had already told you about the method of growing a waterless vegetable garden with wood chips as described by Jacky Dupety. We now know the French farmer Pascal Poot is experimenting with a type of cultivation that is truly profitable, productive and in which a lot of water is saved.
Pascal Poot is a farmer who lives near Lodeve in the South of France. He chose theorganic farming and has been involved in self-production of seeds for at least 20 years. Over time he has developed a cultivation method that allows him to cultivate on his own land 400 varieties of tomatoes without watering them and without resorting to pesticides.
In the Herault region he grows tomatoes and ancient vegetables on 3 hectares of land. The climate in this region is very dry and the terrain is rocky. His cultivation method becomes interesting from the point of view of productivity, given that according to him each plant produces up to 25 kg of tomatoes.
To develop his own method Pascal Poot concentrated onobservation of weeds which are always very resistant in all climatic conditions, while vegetables often have difficulty in developing.
Because? In his opinion the so-called weeds over time have developed a natural resistance while this is not the case for typical vegetable plants since when we grow them we tend to protect them too much. And if we protect them excessively, they do not learn to defend themselves and they always need a lot of care, since they cannot adapt themselves to the environment in which they find themselves.
Pascal Poot thought that the ancient varieties of tomatoes could be more resistant than modern ones from this point of view, he recovered them, tried to cultivate them and obtained unexpected positive results year after year.
Thanks to the self-production of seeds he managed to have at the disposal of seeds that resist drought typical of the Languedoc-Roussillon region. This stratagem allows them to obtain richer crops than traditional agriculture and to save a lot of water as the plants get used to not being watered often.
The first tomato plants after three years of cultivation got used to the drought and started to give satisfactory results from the point of view of the harvest.
The French farmer has begun to hold courses dedicated to those interested in making the vegetable garden more productive and the plants more resistant to drought and climatic conditions in a natural way.
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How to store tomato seeds
Pascal Poot suggests storing the seeds of the last tomatoes of the season, which must be harvested just before the real cold arrives so that they have survived both the summer drought and the autumn rains. THE tomato seeds they are left to ferment in their natural jelly. According to his indications, it is enough to leave them in a bowl for 6 to 24 hours, that is, until the moment in which you will be able to pick them up with your fingers without their jelly. At this point the seeds should be washed with water in a colander and left to dry. In this way their germination capacity is between 98% and 100%.
According to Pascal it would be enough to allow the plants to adapt to the climatic conditions and the soil in which they are grown in order to obtain tomatoes even in the desert or in any case in areas with high drought.
To find out more, visit Pascal Poot's website and watch the video, or visit his facebook page.
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