What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a sustainable design system that provides for human needs while having positive effects on the surrounding environment.

It is based on the ethics of earth care, people care and fair share, and provides practical solutions to the global crises we are currently facing.

Permaculture is for EVERYONE, regardless of their education, background, or previous experience.

Permaculture is NOT just about trees, or just about gardening! You don't need loads of land to practice it and it's a design method that can be applied to all social systems.

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Berries

 

 

Reasons to be cheerful – summer berries like jewels.

 

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Hemlock Water Dropwort

Hemlock water dropwort (Oenanthe crocata) is a plant toxic to both humans and livestock. It grows luxuriantly in the stream here, and anywhere wet. We need to clear it periodically otherwise it blocks the flow of water in winter. We use it as a mulch if we catch it before it’s seeded, or hot […]

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Easter at Casalinho

The Easter bunny took us on a tour around garden this year. I reckon we’ll be finding chocolate eggs for weeks to come!

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In the Kitchen: Couve Romanesque

This fabulously visually appealing veg is in the shops locally now, but we’re fortunate to have had our own from the garden. It’s the first time we’ve grown it, and we’ve found it easier than it’s cousin cauliflower.

So how to use it?

My favourite idea to date looks brilliant on the table.

Remove […]

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A Shitty Day

We know how to enjoy ourselves!

Our neighbour kindly allowed us the contents of his goat shed if we cleaned it out, and as you can never have enough goat shit, it was on with the wellies and in we went.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Preserving an Abundant Harvest

As summer draws to a close we’ve a huge abundance of foods coming out of the garden.  Nothing will be allowed to go to waste. As I look around me, these are just a handful of examples happening right now. 

Whilst we use a wide range of techniques to preserve our […]

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In the Kitchen: Plantain & Kefir Bites

 

No, I’m not talking about the plantain that looks like a sort of banana, but Plantago major, the ribbed leafed plant which people who don’t know better call a weed.

We’ve loads of it growing at Casalinho and in this ‘hungry gap’ time of year when last year’s stored vegetables are running short […]

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Our Week in Pictures: 31st January 2015

Our round up of what we’ve been working on at Casalinho, our developing permaculture project in central Portugal.

With our first volunteers of 2015 now fully on board, we’ve been hard at work planting the new trees which I talked about last week. Now the mulberries and walnuts are in we are working on the […]

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Our Week in Pictures: 14th January 2015

Our round up of what we’ve been working on at Casalinho, our developing permaculture project in central Portugal.

Our first volunteers of 2015 are due to join us any day now, and we’re looking forward to getting some old projects finished and some new ones on the go.

Here are some photos to give […]

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Composting at Casalinho

As you may have read elsewhere on this blog, we rely heavily on our animals to not only contribute to our compost, but to assist in it’s preparation too. The outside part of our animal pen actually operates as our initial compost bay. All the animal green feed and all our household and garden […]

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