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Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 20th December 2012

An additional benefit of our garden being designed as an organic permaculture food producing system is that it is also a thriving biodiverse wildlife habitat. Birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects keep the pest/predator balance in check.

Patrick Whitefield |
Sunday, 16th December 2012

My friend Colum and I share crop the apples. I grew the trees and they're on land which used to be mine but which I've since donated to the Somerset Wildlife Trust. I still keep the little orchard which I grew in one corner of the field. Colum and I share the work...

Maddy harvesting oyster mushrooms
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 14th December 2012

Oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus) are an easy species to identify in the wild. They have oyster-shaped silvery grey or greyish-brown caps and usually grow in layers on deciduous wood - on a tree that is dying or on dead...

Looby Mcnamara |
Monday, 10th December 2012

Permaculture principles come from the observation of natural systems which can help us interact with different aspects in our lives to promote well-being. In many ways, families have the same characteristics as any natural system, therefore we can always benefit...

Patrick Whitefield |
Saturday, 8th December 2012

Pottering in the garden - I love it. Earlier this week, before the rain started, I was out there pottering away.

Maddy Harland & Peter Ellington |
Tuesday, 4th December 2012

The British prime minister, David Cameron, has personally rejected David Kennedy's appointment as head of the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

Tim harvesting his Elephant garlic
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 4th December 2012

Garlic is best planted between November and April although you will generally get a bigger and better crop if you plant it in the autumn - but it isn't too late to get later varieties in the ground from now to spring. Garlic bulbs are sold according to their...

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Georgina-Kate Adams |
Tuesday, 27th November 2012

Regular PM readers may have seen my feature on crowdfunding in the last issue. The keen observer will have spotted that I'm currently running a campaign of my own! But why did I choose crowdfunding and what's it really like to run a crowdfunding campaign...