Sun hives under cover
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 8th May 2014

Imagine your ancestors feeding upon foraged and home-grown foods and living life ‘in the round’, in traditional houses. Now you are consigned to a high rise flat in the middle of a place where seasonal, local, organic food is unheard of. Processed sugar and chemically altered plants are all that...

Michael Low |
Wednesday, 7th May 2014

After reading about tipping points, my wife and I are even more convinced biochar is the best investment we've made to support the systems on our Vermont farm. A tipping point in nature is an unstoppable slide to a different set of circumstances. Temperature, rainfall, hydrological patterns,...

Home made copper rings to protect plants from slugs
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 5th May 2014

I have owned copper rings for years and use them to protect tender plants from slug attack. Apparently the slugs loath touching copper because the metal reacts with their slime and creates a mild electric current. It gives them an electric shock which repels them. This method works as well...

Becky Vipond |
Tuesday, 29th April 2014

"This is about planting for the future. In years to come our kids’ children will eat this fruit." John Carol, Orchard Guardian.

Gene Logsdon |
Tuesday, 29th April 2014

When I look at a tree, I find it difficult to think of it as a plant. It looks like pure magic to me. I can read over and over again the scientific explanations of how sunlight and photosynthesis and chlorophyll and cambium layers and all that work together to raise gigantic masses of woody...

Trina Moyles & KJ Dakin |
Friday, 25th April 2014

In the arid mountain village of Tuixcajchis, Aurelia Jimenez Zacories is always growing something on her small but productive tract of land. She spends her days coaxing vegetables and the staples of corn, wheat and potatoes from the soil, raising livestock, building organic soil, planting trees...

Lowton's Copse ©Tim Harland
Maddy Harland |
Saturday, 19th April 2014

At the beginning of spring I look out over the garden and see our no dig veggie beds, weed free and mulched with home-made compost, the fruit trees pruned, and new trees planted to add to the forest garden. The snowdrops have pushed through the frost and the birdsong has intensified telling me...

Eric Toensmeier |
Friday, 18th April 2014

If you want to turn a barren lot into a permaculture paradise, you've got to start from the ground up.