Latest news from the quintaMay 25th, 2017. Post by Quinta do Vale
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It's berry breakfast time again. With home made raw goats milk kefir. Bliss! ... See MoreSee Less
local farmer, Ryefield, Tore, told me at the weekend that this is the earliest he has had strawberries for sale in 30 years
Making progress. Another 4,000 litres of water storage comes online. These tanks, behind the greenhouse, will take rainwater runoff from the north side of the roof of the main building (110mm waste pipe leading into first tank) as well as an alternative direct feed from the main water tank (40mm blue connection into first tank). We've now completed the blackout plastic covering, the shade netting over the top of it, as well as the top covering. On top will be a mini lightweight 'green roof', plus the solar water heating coil supplying the shower in the greenhouse. ... See MoreSee Less
Best to paint the ibc dark colour to prevent algae growth
how do you connect thems ? can you take a picture and do you use PVC glue
Great work Wendy and team!! Cant wait to visit again some time in the future xx
We are excited about your advancements and your life...we will need to come and visit.
One day when this pair get to be full-grown geese, they will (hopefully) take on a role as predator deterrents on behalf of the hens. Meanwhile, they're super friendly, very fluffy, and quite comic. No names as yet but collectively known as the gooses. ... See MoreSee Less
What about calling them Alba and Éire?
I'm a bit nervous of geese, I hope they help with hen protection. We lost another hen to a mongoose type predictor ! We have seen mongoose out during the day recently so being vigilant.
Today, while it rained outside, we stayed dry and wrestled with push-fit plumbing. The aquaponics tanks are now filled with Leca (lightweight expanded clay aggregate) with the bell siphons made and hooked up to the return pipe to the pond. Next, the pump and supply lines. ... See MoreSee Less
So awesome! I need to come back and see :)
Bell Siphons are pure magic i love that science, have you already test the system? Its 1 bell to 4 connected boxes right? Love to see more pictures
More views of the new greenhouse cover ...Work in progress but here's the instillation on Wendy Howard's dome cover. We've been very excited about this project. If your thinking about a greenhouse dome do get in touch for more info. For more info on this project go to permaculturinginportugal.net :) ... See MoreSee Less
Is the cover plastic?
I would also like that question to be answered.
Expafol high transparency UV treated PVC. UV resistance estimated 5-10 years. The dome will have shade netting over it in summer. This has prolonged the life of my yurt covers from 2 years to 8 and counting, so I'm hoping to get at least 10 years out of it. www.expafol.com/en/productos/cristal-pvc-flexible/cristal-pvc-alta-transparencia-ht
Looks great. A mini Eden project.
Loving having the greenhouse almost done. Even without the cover complete (opening top still to come) the heat in here has been perfect for germinating summer vegetable seeds and giving the one surviving banana (they had to spend the winter outside) the environment it thrives in. Yet to come: more scaffolding boards for additional seedtray space, more buckets for growing climbers up the frame, more bananas and a mango, the aquaponics tanks to hook up, the bathroom to complete, the worm farm to install, and lots and lots and lots of plants to grow. ... See MoreSee Less
We've got to come see you after it's done!!! Already looks spectacular :-)
Here at Quinta do Vale! Taught by the talented Bill Talbot, one of the volunteers here this month.
WildMan: Bushcraft/Survival Crash Course
Then welcome home!
This will be a crash course in the basics of surviving, and hopefully thriving, in the greater nature. Giving you an educational blueprint on which to found and build upon.
The course will take place at Quinta Do Vale m.facebook.com/QtadoVale at 1030hrs on Friday the 26th of may. See below for placement limits and prices
We will cover:
The philosophy of Bushcraft
Bushcraft vs Survival
Your survival kit and how to prepare it
FireCraft and the accompanying responsibilities
Water collection, filtration and purification
Simple food preservation
Animal tracking and stalking
Natural cordage (plus a few life enhancing knots)
And many other little snippits of information ;)
The course will include practical exercises, structured talks and demonstrations.
Only 12 spaces availible!
Under 18's: €15
Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult
Please bring your own lunch
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As each year goes by, the gardens get lusher, healthier and more productive. Trees grow fast here, and many of the ones I've planted are now a decent size (like the cherry in the middle of the photo). ... See MoreSee Less