Andrew Ross |
Thursday, 22nd December 2016
Compound life. Here the families of the compound are removing the groundnuts from the plants. Large quantities of biomass are brought into the compound and could make excellent compost. Note the citrus trees, which is a pleasing and productive development, but notice too all the bare swept ground and the scrubby area close to the wall, so typical... more
Paul Alfrey - Balkan Ecology Project |
Thursday, 22nd December 2016
Inspired by the work of Lawrence D Hills (1911–1991) who undertook extensive research on comfrey during his lifetime, we decided to start some comfrey trials of our own to see just how much biomass these plants can produce for us, how well they fertilise our crops, how attractive they are for garden wildlife and whether they have a beneficial... more
Delvin Solkinson, Annaliese Hordern |
Thursday, 22nd December 2016
It was a beautiful blue day in the grassy hills near the border of Wales and the beginning of an unforgettable learning adventure. Our group of bright eyed students and aspiring teachers had set off on what would be a life changing journey into education, a Planetary Permaculture Pilgrimage. Our mission is to apply permaculture to learning and... more
Paul Alfrey - Balkan Ecology Project |
Tuesday, 20th December 2016
We have planted a fair bit of Japanese quince - Chaenomeles speciosa - in our gardens over the years, all of them grown successfully from seed. Initially I was disappointed by the rock hard, sour fruits that arrived in the fourth year after sowing, but have always had an appreciation for the profuse beautiful reddish pink flowers that appear in... more
Shaun Chamberlin |
Monday, 12th December 2016
I confess! I love Magnum ice creams! But surely as a good, responsible eco-citizen, I must be aware that these relatively cheap, beautifully packaged nuggets of deliciousness are inescapably products of the industrial system that is destroying all that I hold dear? That Magnums are produced by Unilever, not only the world’s biggest ice cream... more
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 2nd December 2016
Last February, Charles Dowding gave me some pieces of yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) from one of his crowns and advised me to pot them up and plant them outside in late Spring. I have always wanted to grow yacon so I went home and did just that. About Yacon - why it is good for you Yacon is South American tuber, much bigger than Oca which I... more
Alice Griffin |
Friday, 2nd December 2016
Sometimes the online world can feel like a faceless abyss and at times I do reminisce with fondness about days gone by when everything had more of a direct face-to-face feel. However, this world is also the gateway to amazing opportunities when wanting – and needing – to get your crafts on show in front of a greater audience. When we set up our... more
Rozie Apps |
Wednesday, 30th November 2016
Illegal loggers and miners are destroying rainforests and ancestral land across the globe every day. Currently in Brazil, the indigenous Surui people of Rondônia, are still fighting against loggers and miners, after 40 years of destruction to their land. It was restored to the Surui people in 1984, following the official demarcation, and is now... more
Permaculture magazine |
Thursday, 24th November 2016
The natural swimming pool is a beautiful dream that many of us wish to obtain. To swim in its cool waters, without the harsh chemicals of a conventional pool, knowing that your pool is part of an ecosystem, encouraging wildlife. David Pagan Butler has been building these natural pools for over a decade, beginning with his very own after his young... more
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 23rd November 2016
Oca is a South American tuber with a lemony taste and pretty leaves. In warm climates Oxalis tuberosa (Oxalidaceae) is a perennial herbaceous plant and can overwinter as underground stem tubers known as uqa in Quechua. The plant is tradionally cultivated in the central and southern Andes for its tubers, which are used as a root vegetable. In New... more