We have completed the installation of 33 oak and hornbeam trees inoculated with tubermelansporum (Perigord Black Truffle) spores and planted on contour. In a few years we look forward to harvesting Black Truffles.
In January 2020 Virsoleil officially joined www,EcoSystemsRestorationCamps.org
We are excited and honored to be affiliated with this dynamic International team committed to restoring our Planet's Eco Systems. We immediately planned two ERC events at Virsoleil for April. Unfortunately due to the worldwide pandemic we are all experiencing, we have had postpone the events scheduled for April 2020. We are hoping to be able to resume moderate activities in the Fall of 2020 so stayed tuned for future updates.
Below is a photo of our new water catchment/natural pool taken this morning.
One of the first things we wanted to do in our restoration work at Virsoleil was establish significant water catchment and storage to sustain our future gardens and orchards in times of drought. The climate has been changing in our region with longer, hotter, and dryer summers. We started digging the hole last July and immediately had to get a bigger digger with a jack hammer attachment to break up some very large rocks. The original design was a hexagon shape with the regeneration/filter zone surrounding the pool. We quickly had to adapt our design to accommodate a rather large rocky ridge. This new design has a 10 meter diameter with 1/3 on the North side designated as the regeneration zone. The RZ has drain pipe embedded under under 12 tons of river gravel with 5 vertical air pipes serviced by an air pump which circulates the water through the gravel. In the Spring we will plant various water plants and start the food and herb garden installation around the pool.