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The Art of Composting in Portugal

Creating a successful compost pile is an enriching endeavour for any property owner in Portugal, blending seamlessly with the pursuit of sustainability and the cultivation of lush, productive gardens. It is not as simple as ‘chuck it in a pile and leave it’ but it certainly does not need to feel daunting either! We thought we would share some top tips on the ‘art’ of layering your compost, this is really a critical process that balances green (nitrogen-rich) and brown ...Read more

Growing Your Own Food in Portugal: February – Preparing for Spring’s Arrival

February in Portugal is a transitional month, bridging winter’s end and the onset of spring. It’s a time to prepare and anticipate the burgeoning growth ahead. Understanding February in Portugal: As the days start to lengthen, there’s an air of expectancy in the garden. The north remains cool, central regions begin to warm up, and the Algarve starts to feel the first hints of spring. Soil and Water Work: It’s vital to prepare the soil for early planting. Adding well-rotted ...Read more

Permaculture in Portugal: December Delights and Duties

Ah…December in Portugal! While the rest of Europe dons heavy coats, Portugal, with its mild winters, offers a unique gardening landscape. As Christmas bells jingle in the distance, those with green fingers still have a wealth of permaculture tasks and opportunities. Let’s dive into the world of December gardening in Portugal from a permaculture lens. Portugal’s December Garden: A Snapshot Sure, the days are shorter and nights cooler, but the Portuguese soil is far from dormant. Winter rains grace the ...Read more

Surviving and Thriving: November Permaculture in Portugal

In the realm of survival, every advantage is essential. In Portugal, as November ushers in the final lap of autumn, the earth is not dormant; it’s just more selective. Leveraging permaculture principles, even in the slightly cooler climes, can be your ace in the hole. Let’s explore how to maximise yields and prepare for the coming months. The Lay of the Portuguese Land in November While Portugal’s coastal regions benefit from the tempering influence of the Atlantic, its interiors can ...Read more

Permaculture in Portugal: October Planting and Nurturing

  If you’ve been wondering how to harness the beauty of Portugal’s October season, you’re in the right place. Let’s deep dive into the permaculture world, tailored to the Portuguese landscape. Understanding October in Portugal From the rolling expanses of Alentejo to the picturesque slopes of the Douro Valley, Portugal boasts a wealth of diverse environments. As summer’s heat gradually mellows into autumn’s crisp embrace, October emerges as an ideal month for planting and tending. Harnessing Water: With summer drawing ...Read more

The Goldmine in Weeds!

Forget the pricey commercial fertilisers! Embrace the magic of fermented “weed tea” – with a hidden treasure trove of nutrients – plus it doesn’t cost a penny! Years ago, our ancestors weren’t rushing to stores to buy fertilisers. They had their secrets – compost, manure, and even… wait for it… urine! But one secret weapon that’s been overlooked is Weeds. Yes, the ones you might be regularly discarding! Many people have heard of comfrey tea, which is a fabulous way ...Read more

Water Management in Portugal: Embracing Sustainable Water Usage for Off-Grid Living

Water is the lifeblood of our planet, and its management is crucial for sustaining life and promoting a healthy environment. In Portugal, a country blessed with diverse water resources, the concept of sustainable water management, especially in the context of off-grid living, is gaining significant attention. Water Sources in Portugal You will see properties for sale on our website with a varied range of sources, wells, springs, water mines, dams, rivers and lakes. With a long coastline, desalination also provides ...Read more

Edible Landscapes and Organic Gardens: Reaping Nature’s Bounty

Edible landscapes and organic gardens represent a shift towards sustainable and healthy living. Growing your food not only reduces your carbon footprint but also connects you more intimately with nature’s cycle. Edible Landscapes and Organic Gardens Edible landscapes and organic gardens transform your living space into a productive environment. You can grow a variety of food, from vegetables and herbs to fruits and nuts, right in your backyard. These gardens promote biodiversity, improve soil health, and can provide a substantial ...Read more

Animal Integration for Sustainability: Harmonizing Ecosystems

Integrating animals into our living environment forms a crucial aspect of sustainable practices. An aspect of permaculture, animal integration fosters a healthier and more balanced ecosystem, facilitating mutual benefits for both humans and animals. Animal Integration and Sustainability In the realm of sustainability, animals play a key role. Their integration into our ecosystems has numerous benefits. For instance, chickens can control pests and contribute to soil enrichment through their droppings, goats assist in managing overgrown vegetation, and bees, through their ...Read more

Permaculture: A Sustainable Approach to Living and Its Implication in Portugal

Permaculture, is a combination of ‘permanent’ and ‘culture’, also seen as a holistic design system for creating sustainable human habitats. This approach is not merely about growing plants; it encompasses energy-efficient building design, integrated water resources management, and even community development strategies. With an emphasis on the principles of ecology and the interconnectivity of life, permaculture strives to work with nature, rather than against it, in a self-sustaining manner. Permaculture in Portugal Portugal is a country with varied landscape, abundant ...Read more

Living the Good Life: Growing Food in Portugal

If you’re looking for a more sustainable and fulfilling lifestyle, growing your own food is a great place to start. And if you’re lucky enough to live in Portugal, you have the perfect climate and soil to make it happen! We thought we would share just a few of the benefits of growing your own food in Portugal and living the good life. Fresh, Healthy Produce One of the biggest benefits of growing your own food is being able to ...Read more

DIY Natural Swimming Pool in Portugal

We bring you this article from the wonderful Quinta Kania – please do head to their website to see the fabulous workshops and events they are holding!! There is no need to explain why the idea of a natural swimming pool makes everyone so excited. Summer in Portugal, with temperatures often above 30°C, makes you want to spend all day in the water. Plus being able to replace all the chemical pool treatments with beautiful plants, sounds brilliant! A Natural ...Read more

Casa Ribeiro needs people to help on the farm

Hello Portugal Lovers! This week we visited this family in this remote and beautiful valley. The work they have been doing in this farm for the last 35 years is admirable! Thomas has a huge knowledge of many crafts, so he takes care of everything in the farm. He is now looking for someone to help him, or a family, to exchange work for accommodation. Suitable for people with skills in Forestry, Orchards, Horses, Building, Renewable Energy and Agriculture. Single ...Read more

Folha Verde – Natural Education and Community Project

  Folha Verde is a project initiated and carried out by the local community of around 150 like-minded adults and 50 children, most of whom have moved to the central region of Portugal to be closer to nature and to live a more sustainable life. The project is situated in a central valley next to the river in Benfeita, which makes it easily accessible for all of those living in the surrounding villages of Luadas, Esculca, Pai das Dona, Pardieiros, ...Read more

Pure Portugal Podcast Episode 2: June 2018

You can use the links below to find out more information relating to the information shared in this months Podcast     Missed it? Listen to the Podcast in full here Our fabulous Podcasts are presented and produced by the wonderful Carl Munson. Carl is a radio presenter, with nearly 30 years’ experience – on pirate, community FM, RSL and Internet stations. He created The Barefoot Broadcast in 2010 to explore and share all manner of spiritual, ecological and inspiring subjects ...Read more

Water retention techniques. Permaculture swales by Doug Crouch

Pure Portugal is passionate about the work of permaculture designer Doug Crouch. He shares his knowledge and experience on swales. Swales in a Pattern Reflection In a pattern sense, swales deal with pulses of energy also seen as a wave, just as sound frequency moves in waves. Their shape is a ditch and a mound and one summer in Portugal we built a swale at the beach to demonstrate the technique and take advantage of the easily moved substrate for ...Read more