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The rainy season had started here in our area and the so the mountains are open for planting!
We have been growing vetiver in the clinic yard for a year now. About every 3 months we can plant what has grown and replant new starts.
Vetiver grass is amazing. The thin roots “nail” themselves into the soil by diving straight down (12-15 ft) and rapping together around one another to create a mesh type barrier underground. This helps washout soil stay on the upper side of the vetiver terrace. This helps the surface water run down the roots into the watershed instead of running down the mountain taking soil down to the river and oceans. Crops planting between vetiver terraces produce 30-50% more yields. Now, I live the environment and all, but that last statement is what makes me lots this plant. That means 30-50% MORE FOOD for people to eat and sell!
The oil distilled in Haiti and Réunion has a more floral quality to it and is considered of higher quality...
A recent study, made in the volcanic institute in Israel, by Dr. Nativ Dudai found out that the plant is capable of growing in a fuel-contaminated ground. In addition to that, the study discovered that the plant is also able to clean the ground, so in the end, the soil is almost fuel-free.