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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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Basil Genovese

Sweet Basil is an easy, straight forward plant to grow. In this blog you will find all the things you need to know for planning, companion planting, use and storage of Sweet Basil. It also provides you with information about the type of soil it needs and the pH it will grow in. One place …

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organic oil

Let’s go deeper into the soil matter. In this next chapter you will see what you need to find out about the soil in your vegetable garden. Soil… What is soil anyway? Soil that is good for agriculture consists of more or less: 48% minerals, 25% water; 25% air and 2% organic material. These 2% …

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making money from your homestead

Yes, I do agree that there are many ways to make money off your homestead. From selling eggs to beautiful handicraft. It all depends on your skills and dreams. But to be very honest, it is not so simple.   I mean, yes, when you have a nice part time homestead on the outskirts of …

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Fava beans

In the south of Portugal this is the time of the fava beans. So now we are eating them almost every day.  That is okay as long as we have enough recipes to use. When we don’t like them any more I dry the rest for later in the year. I like recipes that use …

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Homestead

Looking at all these beautiful blogs about homesteading you might think is the most beautiful way to spend your life. We do enjoy our live here on our homestead, but it is not what it seems to be. There is hardships and sad stories to tell as well.   If you really want to start …

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Wild boar

Wild boar on the land We found some really bad damages on the land from the wild boar. It seems that they are with quite a group. After some talk with the neighbours we know they are not only making havoc on our land, but in the whole neighborhood. Ideal would be if we could …

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making mayonnaise

Making mayonnaise is much easier than you think. It hardly costs anything and you can make it exactly as you like it. Once you know how to make mayonnaise, you will never buy it again. And it only takes two minutes! I learned making mayonnaise from Claudia from Andalusia. She did a three month Erasmus …

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