Latest news from the quintaApril 28th, 2017. Post by Quinta do Vale
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The Hass avocado sapling that came through -10℃ temperatures last winter with just 2 leaves remaining is very far from being dead. ... See MoreSee Less
well that's totally encouraging. have two in pots that volunteered in a compost heap that I take in and out of a garage over winter where temps only ever get down to the 30s F with rare exceptions of 10°. How did you keep it?
The greenhouse gets its cover! Well, part of it anyway. The cover has been made in sections so the lower vertical areas of wall and the uppermost pentagon can be removed for summer cooling. It'll also get a shade netting cover to prolong the life of the PVC. ... See MoreSee Less
Great work by Liam and Esta at Domes in Portugal www.facebook.com/Domes-In-Portugal-115379201900799/
Buckminster Fuller was also a philosopher.....
"All this can be done by you and I. We don’t have to have government. We can’t expect government to do it all anyway. But if we do have some conservation ethics, the result can be mind-boggling."50 Years ago David Bamberger devoted his life to restoring an overgrazed and neglected ranch in the Texas Hill Country. The Result? Water from Stone and an a... ... See MoreSee Less
Inoculating chestnut logs with shiitake mushroom dowels. Looking forward to this harvest. ... See MoreSee Less
Hi Wendy, just finished this chapter in Sepp Holzer's permaculture and yes the chestnut is good, but the block needs to be healthy and young; No dark or rotting spots. It should not been used before with other fungi. The dowels should be completely fall in the log and to be covered with a twig. This way you protect the fungi not getting dry or that it gets contaminated by bacteria. Also this way you protect the mycelium against snails, birds and mice, who also like to eat mycelium. Hope this can help.
The first bamboo shoots are breaking through! ... See MoreSee Less
Nice, any off shoots going I'd love one or two
I bought mine from specialist UK Bamboo nursery Jungle Giants, since taken over by Bowdens, but still a very good source of information; with a wide variety of both clumping or running types, remembering that some runing types need plenty of space, and can be a problem in the wrong place! www.bowdenhostas.com/categories/Bamboos/
5 days later!
I've recently begun experimenting with water kefir. The natural sodas I usually make need 170g sugar per litre and take about 7-10 days to make. With water kefir grains, I need only 35g sugar per litre and the last batch was ready in just 2 days. It was so ready, in fact, that one of the bottles exploded! Which is a shame, because this batch is the best yet. Flavoured with the last of the quinta's oranges and some fresh ginger. Delicious! ... See MoreSee Less
New addiction potiential delicious
I'm really enjoying water kefir too, a great find and wholesome too!
Wendy. Could you please share the recipe? I've got kafir grains but haven't found a recipe with little sugar like yours. Thank you in advance,
Have yet to aquire water Kefir, keep promising myself: I do have 2 Kefir always on the go, one of cows milk, one of goats milk, from an original gift some 6 years ago, it only gets better.
Developments on the main building! The balcony railings designed by me and made by local blacksmith Latifa Sayadi finally got fitted into place yesterday. (Yes I know Health and Safety would have a fit, but sometimes you've got to step outside of fear-filled conformity and do something because the context demands it.) ... See MoreSee Less