I designed the garden back in 1994-5 as my first project after completing a Permaculture Design Course (PDC). For the first five years of the project’s life I was intimately involved in its development.
I’m heading up the Mekong River. Despite my best efforts, I cannot help but think of Colonel Kurtz as played by Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now. ‘The horror … the horror’. Of course, it’s anything but horrific.
Last summer I tried an experiment and it went very well. My friend, Reuben, gave me a few of his 'Puritan' potatoes earlier in the year to try out and I grew a good harvest from them. He highly recommends this variety.
It was a long hot summer here in Portugal and given that the intense heat left us with little opportunity to do much at all on our place, we decided to take the summer off and sit it out in more temperate climates. But, now we’re back and getting busy!
I’m not going to lie, post-harvest handling of fruits and vegetables is a rabbit hole that will take you to strange and fascinating places. What happens to plants after they’re picked is not as simple as it appears on the surface. Leaves turn toward the sunlight, sugars transmogrify into new...
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