Quinto do Barbeito
Quinto do Barbeito
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Arcos de Valdevez, PT
Climate zone:
Warm Temperate

António Monteiro Ben Harris BENjamin Smit Filipe Jesus Francisco Amaral Francisco Monteiro Hari Wilkinson Heiko Vermeulen Henriette Nickels João Gonçalves Luis Gonçalo Márcio Ramos da Costa Rui Ferreira Samuel Lauwers Vaughn Cross Xana Macedo
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Quinto do Barbeito

Project Type

Rural, Residential, Educational

Project Summary

An abandoned vineyard, overgrazed and super-phosphated soil with pH 4,5 is being converted into a forest garden and PC demonstration site

Project Description

Farm description at WWOOF.pt

Hot water from coiled black tubing on the roof

Swales harvest run-off diverted from road

Forest garden being developed on former bare feild.

Species substitution strategy: High performance species replace low performance weeds, eg: Phyllostachys pubescens replaces Arundo donax, Rubus fruticosa 'Chester Thornless' replaces Rubus fruticosa. Dioscorea bulbifera replaces Tamus communis. etc.

Soil rehabilitation: Compacted or collapsed soil of low organic content and p.H 4.5 has been planted with layers of nitrogen fixing support species and sprinkled with calcium carbonate, compost tea, mulch and worm eggs.

Diminished water souces and flood irrigation replaced with hundreds of meters of tubing, taps, drip lines and water butts.

Sheet mulching to reclaim areas from weeds with guilds of more useful species

Tires for potato towers, markers, seating, compost, tree guards, staircases ...

Enviromental weed, Acacia dealbata, becomes a blessing, coppiced twice yearly for wood chips.

Fungus culture on wood chips and innoculated logs

Mulch banks, Drip-line irrigated,  (called täckodling in Sweden where I learnt this) for annual vegetables.

Snail eating ducks & weeder geese.

Future additions: Biogas, compost toilet, top-bar bee hives, sun drier, solar cooker


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