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Spring 2014 (PM 79)
Permaculture Magazine 79 Spring 2014
A VISIT TO CHARLES DOWDING'S NO DIG GARDEN
Maddy and Tim Harland visit market gardener, Charles Dowding’s no dig garden and are wowed by the yumminess of it all.
 
SHEDDING LIGHT ON LEDsREAD NOW
John Adams looks at the lighting revolution that can dramatically reduce your bills as well as being kinder to the planet.
 
LOG NOW, BURN LATER
Will Rolls suggests we should be thinking about next winter’s logs to get the hottest, most energy efficient and money saving burn from our stoves.
 
SUSTAINABLE BEEKEEPING
Monica Barlow describes the fascinating habits of the ‘superorganism’ that we call bees and explains how we can make beekeeping truly sustainable by using nature as a model.
 
HOW FAIRTRADE WAS BORN
Francisco Van der Hoff Boersma, co-founder of the Fairtrade Movement, describes how it all started in Mexico and explains why it is a vital economic ingredient in the creation of a better world.
 
DOG WHISPERING PERMACULTURE-STYLE
Moss was aggressive and a sheep worrier... until Kate McDonald applied permacultural thinking to his behaviour.
 
DIY GEODESIC GROWDOME
Simon Mitchell, aka SimontheScribe, shares some of his experience of building his experimental, low-cost geodesic growdomes.
 
IS LEARNING PERMACULTURE ONLINE RIGHT FOR YOU?
Stuart and Gabrielle Anderson compare and contrast online Permaculture Design Courses to the conventional face to face models and explore available online options and what they actually offer students.
 
ECO-THRIFTY BABY
Nelson Lebo shows that having a baby doesn’t have to stop you living a sustainable lifestyle and that it is an opportunity to motivate you to leave a healthy Earth your children.
 
PERMACULTURE KIDS ZONE
by Elowen Waters.
 
BUILDING SOIL WITH BIOCHAR
In this second of three articles Ed Revill explains how to build soil depth and fertility with biochar.
 
CARING FOR FRUIT TREES
Wade Muggleton advises on buying fruit trees and how to care for them to ensure healthy specimens and good yields.
 
REPAIR CAFÉ
Vivienne Johnson reports on a project in that is changing attitudes to our consumer society, one broken item at a time, by mending them.
 
PM’s GUIDE TO FESTIVALS, FAIRS & EVENTS 2014
Plan your year with our guide to music festivals, wood fairs and permaculture related events.
 
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Ponds, Pallets and HugelkulturREAD NOW
Liz Darley describes how she used pallets to make hugelkultur beds around her new pond.
 
Community Rebuilds
Matching needs to yields is the key to the success of a sustainable housing non-profit organisation based in Utah, in the USA; writes Rebecca Barrett.
 
Growing Soya Beans
Deano Martin describes a three year experiment, inoculating and growing soya beans in polycultures in the UK.
 
How to Choose a Woodburning Stove
Here are Will Rolls’ eight handy hints for selecting the best stove for your hearth.
 
Roundwood Schoolhouse
Rozie Apps reports on Ben Law’s latest project, a multifunctional teaching/play space that the children helped design.
 
Permaculture at the Pub
Graham Burnett describes how a broken down pub yard became a community garden without any formal funding, but with a lot of imagination and fun!
 
Working With Compost
Rick Valley explains how to build a ‘compost tractor’ and recommends tools for gardeners with weak backs.
 
Biochar Stoves
Ed Revill discusses different types of biochar producing stoves and heaters, including his own biochar rocket stove hybrid.
 
Permaculture Kids Zone
Elowen Waters, interviews Charlie Mgee about his life and how he came to compose Permaculture - A Rhymers Manual, plus your letters and more…
 
Restoring Community Spirit
Mike Almond and Sarah Partridge describe how the local community helped renovate a traditional Suffolk barn and spawned a whole training programme of practical building skills.
 
Garden Farming Down Under
How Christian Monahan designed and built a productive garden farm from scratch, with an orchard, swales, veggie beds and chickens. It was hard work but now he is reaping the benefits.
 
Make Your Own Laundry Liquid
Stuart and Gabrielle Anderson describe how to save money by making your own laundry soap.
 
The Life Cairn
How do you come to terms with the widespread devastation of the Earth? Andreas Kornevall suggests we gather together to build Life Cairns.
 
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Locking Up Carbon
Albert Bates explores the most effective way to stabilise the global climate.
 
Natural Farming
Joan Bailey visits a farm in Japan that is following in the footsteps of Fukuoka.
 
Five Awesome Transition Ideas
We picked five inspiring, ideas from Rob Hopkins’ new book, The Power of Just Doing It
 
Pigs in Plastic
Stuart Anderson describes how he used recycled plastic to build a durable pig ark
 
Grow Your Own Energy Countrywide
Eoin Craven reports on Austria’s energy revolution which has created energy security, employment and reduced CO2.
 
The Art of Spoon CarvingREAD NOW
Rozie Apps visits her local sweet chestnut coppice and discovers the delights of carving her own spoons.
 
Cider
Wade Muggleton exorts us all to become cider drinkers.
 
Permaculture Science?
Chris Warburton Brown suggests seven key criteria to develop permaculture as a science.
 
Rewilding Children
Charlotte Dean explains how tackling nature deficit disorder in young children helps them to develop empathy and ethics.
 
Eco-Logical Farming
Patrick Whitefield visits a farm which is being designed to work like a natural ecosystem.
 
Garden Remedies
Stephanie Hafferty, explains how to make a variety of garden preparations to feed plants, prevent and treat disease, deter unwanted insects and other animals.
 
A Ray of Light in South Africa
Lili Zandpour explains how permaculture has become a powerful tool to uplift communities and facilitate self-reliance.
 
Mini Forest Garden Greenhouse
Maddy Harland describes how she uses every available space to grow a variety of crops in a small greenhouse.
 
Restoring a Traditional Ecosystem
John Lewis visits family in the Algarve and sees how a derelict smallholding has been transformed with permaculture.