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Clive Rolison

We all know that monocultures provide pests with an abundance of everything that they need to grow from a minor nuisance into a major disaster. For this reason, the use of...

Paul Alfrey

This polyculture/guild will provide an early-mid winter harvest of delicious medlar fruit, highly nutritious aronia berries, a year round crop of excellent salad onions and the added...

Flo Scott

From the first moment that I heard about Earthships I was hooked.

Chris Hope

Invasive plants evoke heated feelings. Certain plants, whether we appreciate it or not, are evolutionarily disposed to the rapid colonising of land, especially bare...

Maddy Harland

I like to season wood properly. It burns hotter and cleaner, often doubling the potential output of heat (see The Log Book for more details). I cut green wood and...

Claire Smith

Raising chickens during winter can be a challenging time for backyard chicken owners. With those dark cold mornings and the drop in egg production, it’s no wonder we don’t like this time of year!

Rozie Apps

Creating your own natural skin care products can be expensive. A lot of the DIY books give lists of ingredients that you either don't have or cost a lot to buy. So here are a few recipes that are easy to...


The world can’t get enough spice! In 2014, worldwide sales of hot chilli sauces grew by 8.3%, generating $1.72 billion (around £1.1 billion). With experts predicting that sales will skyrocket to over $2.5...

Chris Hope

Some plants seem to be our constant companions, no matter where we live. Often, they will also be some of our really useful species. It will soon become clear that the common mallow (Malva sylvestris...

Andrew Blake

Dr Hans Joachim Schellnhuber of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research compares the effects of global rises in temperatures to the human body. His message is: "Don’t leave...

Emma Postill

Barbara Jones, one of the UK’s foremost straw bale builders and teachers, compiles her 20 years wealth of experience into the...

Emma Postill, Permaculture magazine

Published as the Transition movement’s contribution to the COP21 negotiations beginning in Paris on 30 November, 21...

Josef Davies-Coates

Mark Boyle’s thought-provoking new book, Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi, begins by pointing out that it is ‘by no means An Ode to Violence’.


Cory W. Whitney

In 2010 Martin Crawford wrote Creating a Forest Garden...