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Instead of buying bottles for bottling your home made juice, syrup, wine or whatever you have, it makes sense  to reuse old ones. How to sterilize bottles is described below. There is an easy way to sterilize them in the oven. It is very important to sterilize the bottles very well so all the effort …

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Fire protection campaign in Portugal

2017 was a hot year for Portugal. It was a warm summer, but the real and dramatic heat came from an unbelievable amount of fires in the country. The 2017 Portugal’s fires have burnt 520,000 hectares of forest, representing nearly 60 percent of the total area burnt in the entire European Union in that year. …

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chickens in an orchard as Medfly pest control

Using chickens in an orchard as Medfly pest control is an very effective way to get rid of the flies in an organic orchard. Chickens are very useful animals. They provide you with very nutritious eggs without a big effort and chicken meat is also good to eat. Apart from that you can also use …

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Prepare your vegetable garden with chickens

Did you know you can prepare your vegetable garden with chickens? Chickens can help you in your garden and orchard in many ways. We use them as our little helpers. One of the things we use chickens for is to prepare the vegetable garden.   A month before we start  the garden, we fence in …

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In the morning, when we get up I see our goat Bianca through the window. She is looking though the window into our sleeping room, thinking: “maybe they are up and bring me some food”… So the morning starts; and our little farming story. After breakfast I go down to the goats to feed and …

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Garden layout We live about 6 km from the town of Monchique , which is a pittoresk town in the hinterlands of the Algarve. In the town there are many terraces where people keep their vegetable gardens, mostly from people who live in town. Our friends Anna and Carlos, who live in town decided to share  …

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Clearing land with goats

Every year in January and February we walk the goats over our terraced orchard. Yes! Right though our orchard. Clearing land with goats and having fruittrees at the same time is very possible. We have about 80 fruittrees on our terraced land. In summer the trees are irrigated and nothing much grows under the trees. …

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