Permaculture, Animals & Gardening
Permaculture is a set of design principles centred around living well while living in a sustainable way; it stands for "permanent culture" or "permanent agriculture". It often means finding a way to work with nature instead of against it; it entails observing our surroundings and mimicking patterns found in nature to (basically) live in abundance with as little work as possible. Yes, we love permaculture because we're lazy. Another reason why we love permaculture, is because it incorporates different elements into a property - plants and trees, ponds and water catchments, and different kinds of animals.
I have a Permaculture Design Certificate which I got online in 2014; now we've moved to Spain, I'm trying to put it into practice. The one thing we've learned so far is that although permaculture might be for lazy people once a property is established, sowing the seeds and planting the trees is all a lot of work... Thankfully, it's the kind of work we love.
How can you make sure the friendly neighbourhood fox doesn't have your chickens on the menu? Start with these 7 practical tips. And stay vigilant...
Roosters have a few important tasks when they're part of a flock of chickens. We're looking for the perfect rooster to keep in the years to come; read all about our rooster criteria...
We want our finca to be lush and green; we think the most efficient way to keep the grass nice and short, is to have it grazed. On the long run, it's not that much more expensive - and a lot more fun.
Growing up around chickens, I didn't like them one bit. However now I have my own, I want to turn all of my friends (and strangers) into chicken lovers... There are so many reasons for keeping chickens!
Have you ever heard of permaculture? No? Then this is a good place to start. It's just a tiny introduction to the basics of permaculture - more related articles to follow in 2017.
“Let’s make our own goat cheese”. That sounds nice, doesn’t it? To make goat cheese though, you need goats. We borrowed two from our friends to see how they'd fit in...
2014 has been a year of firsts - so on this first day of 2015, I'm writing about the best "first" we had in 2014. Of course every time we got to travel to Matarranya was very special, coming "home" to the view of the Els Sports mountains was amazing time and time again, finding all kinds of different vegetation & animal traces on our finca was more than interesting and we had a lot of fun with the almond harvest... but the best thing was the olive harvest. It was our first time, and we learned so much.