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The culinary garden: garlic chives

Garlic chives are highly prized in Chinese cuisine, and it is known as “Chinese chives”, it is actually a different species from the common garlic we know, and its Latin botanical name is Allium tuberosum.

The garlic chive is a small perennial plant of 50-70cm, with narrow and flat leaves, unlike the common chive, which is cylindrical and hollow. The whole plant emits a fine aroma of onions. The Chinese collect the flowering stems before the flowers open, making bouquets for sale in markets. Western Chefs … Continue reading

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The culinary garden: The Turkish Day Lily

The Turkish day lily brings together many of the day lily species and is mainly used as an edible plant. It is a one metre perennial herb that flowers in July and August, the flowers open in the morning and wither at sunset. This species is native to southern Europe. The flowers are eaten just before opening, one or two days before flowering, when they are biggest. The Chinese collect the cocoons and sell them dried when they take on a delicious aroma of mushrooms … Continue reading

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The Culinary garden – society garlic

Society garlic, Tulbaghia Violacea, is starting to appear in many cooks’ herb gardens. All parts of this plant give off a strong garlic smell, although it is the flowers that are most commonly used in cooking. The Tulbaguia Violacea is a perennial plant of 30cm (60cm in flower) that forms a mat 60cm wide. The purple flowers are in groups of 6 to 12, and the leaves resemble chives, but are flat rather than cylindrical. The plant usually blooms in summer, but can also flower … Continue reading

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Arboretum – PDC 2012 – Permaculture Design Course

On our way to establish Arboretum as an educational tool for sustainability, this year we will hold our first Permaculture Design Course PDC – an approved permaculture design.
Our goal is to make the course open to as many people as possible as we feel it is something that is so much needed in the current socio-ecological climate. Permaculture is a holistic system whose purpose is the design, planning and creation of spaces where man’s relationship with his environment is sustainable, socially equitable and economically viable. … Continue reading

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The culinary garden: Stevia

Hierba dulce is the literal translation of the term Guarani ka’a he’e, made up from the words ka’a or caa (herb) and he’e or je (sweet), due to the sweet taste of its leaves. Caajé, green sugar or stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) is a small perennial plant about 80 -100cm tall, native to the region of Monte Grosso (Paraguay / Brazil), where it grows in a tropical climate. In our region stevia loses its leaves during the winter and sprouts again in spring. In late summer, … Continue reading

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Málaga Alternativa – Huerto El Caminito

Urban vegetable gardens are starting to appear in cities allowing people to be close to the land and grow their own food. Some city councils and associations have started these vegetable garden projects recently so that the elderly can put their knowledge into something productive that brings a breath of fresh air to the cities; and for young people to learn where food comes from. The projects come in many different forms. Some have decided to divide land or deserted plots into small, single units … Continue reading

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The Culinary Garden – Tarragon

French Tarragon is one of the three muskateers of gourmet cuisine. Despite its name it is originally from the south of Russia, and the form used with its characteristic spicy aniseed aroma is not found in the wild. The plant is a shrub with stems full of small pointed leaves, which disappear in winter to reappear in spring.

The true botanical name is Tarragon Artemisia dracunculus var. odora, and it reaches a height of 70cm. It does not flower, distinguishing it from the non-aromatic version (Artemisia … Continue reading

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Arboretum: New roots in Marbella

Readers will recall that Arboretum is a non-profit organisation, whose mission is to develop an educational tool and provide a public space for the environmental literacy of the local population with a focus on sustainability.

This issue we look at two important issues, the first being ‘action’. On November 12 the first group of stakeholders planted their trees at Arboretum, marking the opening ceremony for the 2011 planting season. These are people who support the project with a membership fee of 5€ per month and are … Continue reading

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The Arboretum permaculture course

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The Coin permaculture group took part in the first module of ‘Education for Sustainability’, a series of interesting courses organised by ‘Arboretum’, a new project space dedicated to ecology and sustainabile education established by the foundation ‘mas arboles’ in Marbella.

This first module was an introduction to permaculture and its techniques, a total of 20 hours of intensive instruction. Prof. Julio Cantos is an experienced permaculturist, specializing in food and forests and is also the permanent project advisor for Arboretum. As he explained, permaculture as a … Continue reading

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Oct 11 – 14: Curso de permacultura en acción

Un curso diseñado para proporcionarte herramientas prácticas y teóricas que te ayuden a vivir de manera sustentable y pacífica con la naturaleza, sus recursos y la gente.
En Caña Dulce experimentamos y disfrutamos de los beneficios de esta ciencia multidisciplinar desde el año 2001, en una finca abandonada desde hacía 13 años y que hemos ido creando desde cero.

PROGRAMA DEL CURSO
El CUIDADO DE LA TIERRA:
+ Introducción a la permacultura.
+ Principios, filosofía y ética de la pc.
+ Zonas, sectores, pendientes.
+ Suelos, acolchados, compost.
+ Diferentes sistemas de cultivo: … Continue reading

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