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Beans instead of blinds shade the passive solar extension at the Harland's house
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 13th March 2013

Wherever possible permaculture advocates the use of biological resources. The most obvious example is on the farm and in the garden. Instead of buying a bag of chemically produced fertiliser, we can grow nitrogen fixing plants on site, such as Siberian pea tree,...

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Michael Guerra |
Sunday, 10th March 2013

On our long railway adventures we often take sleeper trains. The car­riages are fitted out with sleeping compartments, each one having seating that converts into beds at night. They are a perfect practical example of a multifunctional small space.

Nicholas Stern and Maddy Harland
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 8th March 2013

Last night (7th March 2013), I heard Nicholas Stern speak about climate change. Lord Stern was the Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank from 2000 to...

An example of the zones in permaculture design
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 7th March 2013

Zones are rings of energy which usually spread out from the main centre of human activity on a site. Elements in a design are placed according to how often they are visited (and accessibility on the site). Areas which are visited most frequently like an annual...

An example of solar photovoltaic panels
Rozie Apps |
Wednesday, 6th March 2013

We all need a bit of sunshine but those of us who use photovoltaic panels rely on it a bit more. With the new proposal to abolish the right to light that usually prevents obstructing buildings, there would be no protection against loss of natural light.

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Erika Pepe |
Tuesday, 5th March 2013

The organic movement has come a long way in recent years and nowadays organically grown fruit and vegetables are almost mainstream.

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Patrick Whitefied |
Saturday, 2nd March 2013

Pruning raspberries is another winter job. The first thing to do is to determine whether your raspberries are summer fruiting or autumn fruiting. If your canes give fruit in September or later they’re autumn fruiting. Summer fruiting ones are ready in June or July...

Passive solar design shaded by runner beans in the height of summer is also an indoor propagation area & a light kitchen
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 27th February 2013

Written into our history is the horror of the Irish Potato Famine, when a nation of working people's diet was almost exclusively provided by a variety of potato which failed. Another dramatic example of the poverty of monoculture was the American Dust Bowl of the...