Readers' Solutions

Bryn Thomas |
Wednesday, 29th June 2016
Co-originator of Permaculture, Bill Mollison, was once asked if permaculture [growing] really worked, to which he replied "do plants grow?". Of course this answer was meant to be slightly facetious because we all know that plants sometimes don't grow, or at least not the ones we want! So our challenge is to chose the right ones, put them in the... more
 
Sarah Partridge |
Wednesday, 11th May 2016
The challenge: C17 timber frame barn with missing timbers and leaky tin roof. The solution: Replace and repair timbers with green oak from local woods. Employ traditional carpenter and run courses in Timber Frame Repairs. Square up trees for timber. Measure, cut and test fit tenon into mortice. Make oak peg to hold mortice and tenon together... more
 
Polly Whyte |
Wednesday, 11th May 2016
It may seem strange to you that I’m a vegetarian that encourages people to eat more venison, so let me explain… I chose to stop eating meat over a decade ago for a mixture of health, ethical and environmental reasons. I believe, in general, people eat too much meat and should go for more meat-free options in their everyday lives. However, if... more
 
James Wood |
Tuesday, 10th May 2016
I rejoice when dandelions come in to flower, their yellow satellites open up, following the sun throughout the days, telling me spring has arrived and summer is shortly coming. Dandelions are seen as ‘common weeds’ but when we think of them with permaculture in mind, we need to start turning our problems in to solutions. Instead of wasting our... more
 
Permaculture magazine |
Monday, 9th May 2016
Biomatrix Water create floating ecosystems used to clean water and create biodiverse waterscapes. They have implemented these systems across the globe, from Thailand, to Spain, Finland and the UK. The floating systems are specifically designed to improve water quality by harnessing nature's power. They create a long-term sustainable solution to... more
 
Stephanie Hafferty |
Friday, 22nd April 2016
In the next issue of Permaculture magazine (PM88), organic and no dig gardener, Stephanie Hafferty, explains how easy it is to grow edible flowers that are healthy for both you and your garden. She also shares her favourite recipes, from  Below are some of her beautiful photographs showing edible flowers that you can grow at home. Borage (Borage... more
 
Mukti Mitchell |
Friday, 22nd April 2016
Almost everyone would love to live in a period home if they could afford the upkeep, and period properties require considerably more TLC to preserve their traditional elegance and character.   Planning ahead for colder winter months by arranging for refurbishment in the summer can considerably reduce costs. And the satisfaction of knowing you’ve... more
 
Ross Mars |
Friday, 15th April 2016
Want to learn how to be more self-reliant? Try baking your own bread or making your own cheese! Not only can you reduce you shopping costs, but baking, cooking and preserving can be fun for the whole family, whilst teaching them new skills and more about localised food. Here we have five easy recipes to create delicious, healthy, homemade foods.... more
 
John Beckett |
Thursday, 7th April 2016
I started building willow fence panels in 2009 when I retired from 20 years as a science teacher. The design and techniques described here are therefore the result of six years of experimentation and evolution. The result is an attractive elegant product built to commission to the customer's spec. with infinite variations in colour, texture and... more
 
Sarah Furey |
Thursday, 7th April 2016
As a Herbalist, Spring brings a particular joy. Not only am I planning which medicinal herbs to start growing in my garden, but I am also out walking the fields and hedgerows looking for the first signs of Spring herbs. Identifying wild plants is the key. Nothing gives me more pleasure than hearing of people who have been on my herb walks making... more
 
Ross Mars |
Tuesday, 5th April 2016
Candlelight Farm is a 1 ha property in Mundaring, which is about 30km east of Perth. Besides being like many clichés that it is a demonstration site for permaculture, the property is quite unique. We were fortunate enough to buy the property which had some unusual trees to begin with, bottle kurrajong, giant bamboo, Irish strawberry tree and many... more
 
Claire Roper |
Thursday, 31st March 2016
I am a keen vegetable and herb grower, but also love to forage. Foraging is not only a useful add on but requires none of the investment of growing which can involve heart-breaking failures despite the gardener's very best efforts. In the springtime, the hedgerows and fields abound with nutritious, cleansing leaves, all for free! Here in Cornwall... more
 

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