Monique Volkers, Author at Terra do Milho

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Do you want to know what it was like to run a Homestead in the late 19th century? Do you like to read a reality novel to learn something from the past? I love to learn things about the past. Because we run a modern Homestead I am really curious to find out how people …

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Homestead

Don’t you enjoy working on your Homestead anymore, because it is so overwhelming? Does it make you wonder whether other homesteaders have the same trouble and why on earth somebody would start a homestead? In this blog I want to tell you something about a book I read and how exactly it changed my view …

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Too much work on Homestead

For four weeks on a row we were working our heads off. Trying to harvest all our fruit, make cheese, getting the fruit processed, cleaning the house, laundry, dishes it needs to be finished. There was too much work on our homestead. The work goes on and on, endless.  I never imagined that running a …

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Float Garden

A guest post written by Margy Lutz. Margy describes her life on a float Cabin Home on Powell Lake in Coastal British Colombia. She has a very special float garden. Her husband writes interesting books about their off-grid life. I want to thank Monique for inviting me to write a guest post. She’s an amazing …

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Homestead

These are our 5 reasons why we started our homestead. There we go: The first reason: Space around us In Holland we had a two store house in a row of houses. The typical Dutch way of living. An 80 m² house with a 30 m² backyard. The front yard not being more than a …

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Wasted food

Did you know that one third of all the food that is harvested on the planet is thrown away? One third of all the effort that was put into growing vegetables is wasted! Don’t waste food. Here is how you can do it. This blogpost contains affiliate links. By using them you support our homestead. …

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Stop wasting food

I found two interesting cookbooks that each have an interesting but different approach to solve the problem of wasting food in your kitchen. While Victoria Glass gives you lots of recipes, Dana Gunder leads you through methods of optimising the organisation of your shopping and kitchen. Both books provide you with practical tips to tackle …

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loam

The first step dealing with when you want to start a vegetable garden is where to start your vegetable garden. Picking the right spot requires a bit of time. In this blog you will find some things to consider while finding the right spot. After all you are going to put a lot of effort …

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Homestead

As we were building a Homestead here, down south in Portugal, I discovered that this process runs in phases. Since we are on a mountain ridge where many people are starting their own place for sustainable living, we could talk to a  lot of people about building up their site. It seems that nearly everybody …

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organic oil

In this blog we will look into how you can find out what type of soil you have and what pH and nutritional value your garden soil has. We will do this by analysing the soil. We have already looked into what you need to know about your soil in your vegetable garden to be …

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