Marcus vandell

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Bim Bam Bom! ..  Best part of 20 years living down the road from y'all :)

Good to know we are reaching out and connecting ( it's the mycelium effect you know!!)

As Diana Ross once said, or should I say 'sung' 'reach out and touch somebody's hand, make this world a better place if you can'

If anyone wants to get  in touch shoot me a PM :)

Best

Marcus
2 months ago
Welcome the the forum Albert..
My suggestion is to immerse yourself in your land and 'permaculture' .. What do I mean  by that? Well....

All parcelas of land are unique unto themselves, as you are unique also. So, there isn't a 'one size fits all' answer.. Your questions are broad, and therefore the answers coming back to you are are reflecting that.

Let us know more specifics.. Like soil type, orientation, gradient, altitude, temperature varients, percipitation, what there is already growing, and what it is you want to do specfically etc..

'Permaculture'(from my perspective) is a wonderfully, massive, broad and complex topic, that all fits together through a unique symbiosis between the individuality of all the things listed above plus how you (the human) intergrate and communicate what you require..

Step by step, no rush, meditate, learn to ask the land itself, what is best, and learn to listen to the answers.

We are all learning everyday, and we are sharing our understandings as best we can.

Best regards and happy learning!
Marcus
3 months ago

David Livingston wrote:Marcus what's a jinglos?

David



Sorry meant to have written ‘Ginjol’
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jujube
Fantastic hardy rustic tree.. with delicious fruits!
3 months ago
Hi Bert! happy new year to you too brother..

Yes I also agree with both david and Joseph.. I too planted about 40 fruit trees last spring. Apples, pears, apricots, cherries, plums, figs, walnuts, nesperos, jingols, persimmons.

We're still in a huge drought and I'm pleased to say that with LOTS os mulch around the bases and a bucket of water every 3 or so weeks to each tree I think I only lost 1 cherry..

My recommendation is, add more variety and yes build a chicken tracktor to clear and prepare where you want to plant next... Just keep on adding bio mass and  planting herbs, bushes, trees, vines, spores, ground covers. ect..

Also a BIG thing is create space for animal life  of all types.. The more bio diversity the better!! Just keep at it mate :)
3 months ago
I did what the OP did too 2 years back now, in some raiised beds.. Last winter I added a lot of spent coffee grounds, and planted some broad beans as a chop and drop crop.

It certainly did the trick as the beds produced a good crop of courgett and peppers this year.
3 months ago
Hi guys and gals,

I've been watching some videos and reading up a fair bit on the Bresse Gaulois chickhen breed, and they certainly seem to be a very good dual purpose option.

However, I just can't find any here in Spain at this moment in time. So I'm asking if anyone can help me connect to some suppliers of fertile eggs please?

Thanks

Marcus
3 months ago
Thanks Akiva for a very inspiring, honest and well written article.. You touch upon so many valid points mate.. I have seen quite few of your videos on youtube and have learned a lot from both you and Sean (Edible Acres)..

I have been taking steps towards my own small nursery over here in Spain. Up till now just getting my stock plants together, growing my soil and learning as much as I can cram into my already stufed brain!
My daily routine is crazy busy at the best of times, yet I continue to dream and work and learn.

Yes, we are certainly very blessed indeed, if only we but know it!!

All the best

Marcus
4 months ago
This, for me is a very interesting topic.. I often wonder about the potency of cultivated medicinals.. I'm not so inline normally with  mainstream science (although I do see and respect it's perspective at times), mainly because of my experiences and connection to let's say a more 'spiritual' (I really don't like that word but it will sufice) way of being..

I don't think the subject at hand is whether medicinal herbs can reach their full potential when cultivated, rather than how they are cultivated.

Here is a nice little blog from a herbalist that kind of runs with my perspective on the matter.

Best

Marcus
4 months ago
I've put more effort into increasing the mass around our woodstove (now there's lots of it) .. We burn it hot as hot as it can go. Then throw a few medium large logs on as we go to bed, and close the air  intakes to almost off..

We wake up to a nice temperatured room, with enough burning embers to start over again..

Mass and heat are a good combo!

best

Marcus
4 months ago

Peter van den Berg wrote:

Marcus vandell wrote:Does this book cover and include batch box design and plans too?


Quite a lot of information about batch box rockets including designs and SkethUp drawings is on http://batchrocket.eu/
For questions go to http://donkey32.proboards.com/.



Thanks Peter.. I've spent quite a few hours on both those links.. I think I'll head over to the donkey32 site and ask what I need to know then!

All the best

Marcus
4 months ago