Nature

Permaculture Series III: Making our heart garden

In Ananda Valley we have over the past couple of weeks created a new garden, our heart garden. To make a new garden, or to plan what to plant on your plot of land, your balcony, window-sill or your allotment is a creative process and an art in itself. Our heart garden carries a set …

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Curiosities of our Flora: Thyme

Here, in the aromatic garden, thyme serves as a trusty staple. It thrives under the Portuguese sun and can stand both drought and frost. Despite their small size, the abundance of pink flowers attracts numerous bees and butterflies into the garden. Besides this, the leaves are used for their lovely flavour in many of our …

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BEE IS LIFE

Bees are very important to mankind.  Their greatest importance is not to produce honey and other food. It is the contribution they make to plants all over the world by pollination.  Thus they generate a huge natural chain of flora on which life on the planet depends a lot. They play a fundamental role in …

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CURIOSITIES OF OUR LAND: RASPBERRY

Among the so-called small fruits, raspberry is one of the most cultivated species here in Portugal. And in our farm in Ananda Valley, it was one of the fruits that we started planting from the beginning. Exotics, raspberries have a mixture of acidic and sweet juices.  Raspberries are from the rose family, as well as …

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