Hi Phil & Maureen !
This sounds like a great project.
Why are you wanting to buy small plants from the UK to grow in Andalucia ? Aren't you worried that the climate change will kill or damage many of the small trees ? To stand much chance of the plants surviving, I think you will need to plant most during the winter months.
What is growing on the land already ? I would expect that there are already something like Genista growing locally - this is a good nitrogen fixer, attracts bees and is a pioneer plant:
There will be other similar wild plants that are used to your conditions already growing on the land, even if it has been heavily agricultural and weedkilled - this does not restrain nature for long !
I would plant a very few things in easy to access (and water) parts of your land (vegetables and herbs, beneficial insect attracting plants, green manure plants, and a small nursery for trees and shrubs) and let the rest stay fallow for at least 2 years, while you watch to see what plants you already have and where they are growing.
2.5 ha is a huge area to do this on, even if the land and surrounding land is completely flat and featureless, you will still find quite a lot of variation in wild plants and visiting wildlife.
If there are some particularly nasty weedy areas you can use some natural help, like Mucuna pruriens v utilis, to smother weeds, add nitrogen and leaf litter to the soil. Mucuna pruriens v utilis is an annual plant and comparatively easy to remove once it has done it's work (just collect the seed pods = no plants next year). The species is being used for no dig agriculture (sweet corn) and weed suppression in South America, Asia and Africa.
Check carefully the types of plants that will grow well in your conditions, and for plants that might make the land more fertile (like the Mucuna)
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Sent: 6/1/09 12:38 PM
Subject: [pfaf] buying trees in bulk
Hi, we are just about to start reforesting a 2.5 ha site in Andalucia and want to buy pioneer/ nitrogen-fixing plantlets in bulk by post from the UK. Anyone know of a good nursery that stocks these species at a good price?
Phil & Maureen
Almonaster la Real
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