Archive for June, 2011

Everything’s coming up vegetables

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Lushness and deliciousness.

Vegetable garden

The yurt terrace raised beds


The Future of Food

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Essential viewing – Vandana Shiva on the future of food.

Part 1

(Click on links for remaining 2 parts)

Part 2

Part 3

Blighted potatoes

Friday, June 17th, 2011

It’s been strange and untypical weather this Spring. A March as warm as June followed a very dry winter. In May, we had more thunderstorms than I think I’ve encountered in the rest of my lifetime, and periodic rain has continued into June. Wonderful weather for bringing the garden on. Wonderful weather for bringing on the various fungal diseases that thrive in warm, damp, humid conditions …

Potato canopy in potato bin


Yurt shading

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Some friends who are seasoned yurt dwellers told me this last year and it’s been on my mind since: it’s not the rain that’s the main problem when it comes to living in yurts in this climate, it’s the sun. The sun rots the canvas covers, and under the full glare of the Portuguese summer sun, even a heavy 12oz canvas cover like this will only last 2-3 years. At over £500 a time to replace, it pays to take some measures to lengthen the life of the covers.

Not only that, but a yurt sitting in the full summer sun gets pretty hot inside. Too hot to be really comfortable, even with the roof open and the covers lifted around the base.