If this looks like pastoral bliss to you -as it does to me (the reason why I live here now :-)- then perhaps you are equally upset by the wildfires in Central Portugal this summer, and feeling like we must get together and do something about this!
Continuar a ler “Let’s all plant trees!”
No mês de Agosto, é a única chuva que recebemos no Algarve!
Continuar a ler “Chuva de Amêndoas”
During last Saturday’s “Festa do Sol” (Sun Festival), i was assisted in giving a tour of our garden by its designer: landscape architect Marilyn Ribeiro (website, Facebook), who came out of maternity leave just in time for the event.
It was great to have her there because -though i did play a role in its design, especially w/r/t greywater system and rainwater harvesting earthworks– my knowledge of the plants is still pretty skimpy.
Fortunately Marilyn is like a walking field-guide to Mediterranean plants… So she was able to answer questions from visitors, even while toting a baby and instructing me in ongoing maintenance.
As it turns out, maintenance is less of a chore than i had expected -especially now as roots (planted in March) are established, and we are cutting back on spot-irrigation regime, even now that peak summer heat is on.
Come the first rains of autumn, i expect to be putting my hose away for good -and come Harvest Festival time (September 16)- these garden beds should be pretty well filled-out. I look forward to another public showing then!
As foretold in an earlier post, we’ve been busy this past fall/winter applying our Water-Wise Dryland Strategy to the south slope of our farm’s monte, improving access, water conservation and ecosystem regeneration all at the same time. Long story short, our evaluation of project results at this point is: a great success, worthy of continuing wherever such conditions and needs exist.
Continuar a ler “WaterWise Dryland Regeneration, 2017”
Vejam o artigo sobre o Vale da Lama, na nova edição da revista Magazine Permaculture (edição nº91, Primavera 2017): –
São 4 páginas sobre Agricultura Regenerativa, ao estilo “Vale da Lama”, muito bem ilustrado, graças à Maddie e Rozie e a toda a equipa editorial da revista. Obrigado também ao Hugo Oliveira, pelo importante contributo nos detalhes para a secção de Ecologia. Continuar a ler “Vale da Lama na revista “Magazine Permaculture””