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The Ecological Garden

<p>The museum&rsquo;s ecological garden, with the waterwheel and sink in the background of the picture.</p>

The museum’s ecological garden, with the waterwheel and sink in the background of the picture.

In the museum’s garden we grow all kinds of vegetables and beans, as well as fruit trees and herbs and medicinal plants.

The MVR’s garden is designed to be cultivated using the parades en crestall method. A parada en crestall is a system designed to achieve the maximum production using the minimal soil area and minimal water consumption and sowing, and without any chemical products or genetically modified seeds. It is a method designed by the Mallorcan native Gaspar Caballero de Segovia.

We could define the crestall as the compost covering placed over the sowing area. It is not mixed with the soil so it acts like an organic mantle on top of it. This layer of earth should not be stirred or stepped on. The litter covering the soil gradually decomposes on the surface and disintegrates. Thus, it distributes the humic substances until they reach the roots of the plants in order to nourish them. Furthermore, this organic mantle helps to maintain the moisture and promotes the creation of edaphic life rich with worms and microorganisms, which help the organic matter turn into humus that can be assimilated by the plants.


<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Waterwheel, 19</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">th</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> century, Palma. </span></p>
<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The ecological garden of the Museum of Rural Life, built in 2014</span>.</p>
The garden
The garden
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