Writer

Maddy Harland

Editor of Permaculture magazine, contributor to Mother Earth News, forest gardener permaculture expert...

Maddy Harland |
Monday, 20th June 2016
Last night I had a dream. I was flying over a landscape and as I looked down I saw a lake. I could see the shoreline with beaches and inlets. There, at every place where the slope up from the water to dry land was gentle and sandy, a huge fish as long as my body was emerging. I wanted to look more closely at these large muscular creatures. As I... more
 
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Tuesday, 12th April 2016
I first learned about Biological (bio) time, also called Phenonological time, during my PDC with Lea Harrison back in 1992. Biotime can be partly defined as events in the ‘natural calendar’ that can be used to guide planting times in the vegetable garden or on the farm. So long before the days of books or blogs a grower would carry the lore of his... more
 
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Tuesday, 8th March 2016
In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now.Wangari Maathai In September 2015 I attended my first International Permaculture Conference and Convergence. I have never... more
 
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Wednesday, 17th February 2016
This forest garden is planted on chalk. It can be very dry in summer and nutrients are leached away quickly during rainy seasons (whenever they might be these days). This means that we struggle to grow gages and quince never fruits. We also have to grow a lot of nutrients and then capture them in mulch under the trees. One method we use is to... more
 
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Friday, 22nd January 2016
I have always held a fascination for growing under glass since Eliot Coleman’s classic, Four Season Harvest. If we are to extend the growing season in cooler climes we need to know how to grow under cover. I started experimenting with the idea of a small greenhouse mixed with annuals and perennials cropping top fruit as well as herbs, salads and... more
 
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Saturday, 2nd January 2016
One of the big gaps in our permaculture literature is material about the urban landscape. Perhaps this is because cities are huge and we feel little control over how we live in them, yet there are examples of wonderful urban permaculture projects all over the world. The Transition Movement has done much to explore how we can live in a more low... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 23rd December 2015
I have long been a composter and a hot composter at that but I haven’t ever had a slow rot bin. These serve a very useful function. They are filled with leaves, plant matter and prunings that would take too long to rot down in a conventional composting system. No more intact sticks mixed in finished compost! They also save hours of chipping. I had... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 3rd December 2015
Let's not focus on the battles we can't win. Let's focus on today's struggle. Let's turn our full attention to COP21 and what is happening in Paris. It isn't all about world leaders. It is also about the indigenous people, the environmental campaigners, the Transitioners, the inspired, the ecovillagers, the change makers, the voices of the peoples... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 2nd December 2015
Yesterday Britain's prime minister, David Cameron, accused anyone who did not support Britain bombing Syria of being "terrorist sympathisers". He was of course aiming the shot at Jeremy Corbyn, the opposition's man of peace. Cameron also said “non-violent extremism is just as dangerous as terrorism and must be eradicated using all means at the... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 26th November 2015
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 season it for at least 2 years before burning. Well seasoned logs mean that we can heat our passive solar retrofitted house from one Clearview wood burner until the depths of winter with... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 19th November 2015
Black Friday, on Friday 27th November, retailers everywhere will bombard shoppers with newsletters and special offers to encourage you spend money. At Permanent Publications, the publisher which owns and runs Permaculture magazine and Green Shopping, we have decided to opt out. Literally. We are off outside into the woods – Hazel Hill Woods in... more
 
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Monday, 9th November 2015
Earlier this year we released a series of films, Living With The Land, about permaculture in the garden, on the farm, on a rural smallholding, in the city, and in community – with film makers, Permaculture People, Phil Moore and Lauren Simpson. We wanted this series to seed permaculture ideas outside our ‘community’, so we asked well-known people... more
 
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Friday, 6th November 2015
For over 20 years film maker John D Liu, has been travelling the world and documenting how to restore broken ecosystems, fix the hydrological cycle, alleviate poverty and disease and create astonishing levels of biodiversity in a short period of time. His passion has been to collect these stories, the information to share with others how this can... more
 
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Tuesday, 27th October 2015
Some years ago Achim Ecker from ZEGG ecovillage gave me some peach stones from his own root stock (i.e. ungrafted) peaches. He told me that they are resistant to peach leaf curl, grow 'true' and they fruit every year. He has planted many trees at ZEGG and many of them yield big peaches. I put them in compost and a few sprouted. One I planted in my... more
 
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Tuesday, 6th October 2015
Last summer I tried an experiment and it went very well. My friend, Reuben, gave me a few of his 'Puritan' potatoes earlier in the year to try out and I grew a good harvest from them. He highly recommends this variety. I grew them next to a rather dramatic purple variety, Salad Blue (Solanum andigenum), dating back to the 1900s that cropped very... more
 

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