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Stephanie Hafferty |
Wednesday, 1st April 2020
Cider vinegar herbal spray 236ml (8fl.oz/1 cup) water236ml (8fl.oz/1 cup) rosemary, lemon balm and mint infused cider vinegar Mix together and pour into a labelled spray bottle.  Spray boards, surfaces, taps and sinks after scrubbing with a salt scrub. Wipe with a damp cloth and polish to a shine (for taps and other shining surfaces). This spray... more
 
Nigel Chant |
Monday, 30th March 2020
This is how I made my vertical growing system. This project was made entirely from recycled materials I had lying about, apart from the screws which I already had. What you will need Plastic tubes - mine are actually inners from a company that applies heat loss reducing film onto windows. Plastic downpipe or any other pipe which can be easily... more
 
Judy Birkbeck |
Thursday, 26th March 2020
Gravel. Ten by twelve metres of it, fence to fence, and an ominous giant canister of glyphosate left on the windowsill. Simple, I thought: clear the gravel, lift the underlying weed control fabric, and hey presto – all that space waiting to be planted. Wrong! Most of the topsoil had been removed and, worse, the subsoil had been tamped in places,... more
 
John Yeoman |
Thursday, 26th March 2020
Here are three more plants from the 'survival' list. Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) This is one of the easiest herbs to spot. Its rusty brown seed spike thrusts conspicuously from every motorway verge and acid city soil from summer through to spring. And it's no matter if its seed head and long spear-shaped leaves should be confused with the very similar... more
 
John Yeoman |
Thursday, 26th March 2020
Out of the many hundred edible British foods detailed in the best 'wild plant' guides, just these 12 will provide all you truly need, and more, for a continual fresh food supply. The advantage these 12 have over their 400 edible wild cousins is abundance, resilience, versatility and ease of recognition.  Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Compared... more
 
Frugi |
Tuesday, 17th March 2020
UK organic children's clothing brand, Frugi, have created a free downloadable pack of artwork to keep kids occupied at home and away from screens. Wether your kids are home due to illness or in self-isolation, keep them entertained and their creative juices flowing with these beautiful and fun activities. From Mother's Day cards and Wordsearches,... more
 
Rebecca Smith |
Wednesday, 22nd January 2020
I live in Norway, at 60 degrees north, where the growing season is short due to our latitude. However, I live on the coast where the climate is mild relative to the rest of Norway. It is comparable to Denmark or northern Scotland. Every January, like many gardeners in the northern hemisphere, I get the itch to sow and grow. I sow what I can into... more
 
Gary Parker |
Tuesday, 19th November 2019
If you want to create a suitable environment for a seating area, garden building, vegetable plot or other growing area in your outside space, understanding how wind, sun and water behave is crucial to success. High winds can be a problem for some sites. They can make it more challenging to create garden structures and limit the number of crops you... more
 
Margene Whitler Hucek |
Tuesday, 30th July 2019
Swiss chard is a beet that yields large leaves and crunchy stalks rather than an edible root. Long after heat-sensitive spinach and lettuces have bolted and gone to seed, Swiss chard is at its peak. An impressive plant reaching up to two feet in height, Swiss chard, Beta vulgaris, belongs to the same family as spinach and is similar in taste.... more
 
Gary Parker |
Monday, 1st July 2019
There are already plenty of articles out there which describe how to create the perfect, sustainable timber building for your permaculture garden. But there are fewer articles that deal with renovating or overhauling an existing structure.  In this article, therefore, we will take a look at the different ways in which we can make alternations or... more
 
Lusi Alderslowe |
Wednesday, 15th May 2019
The Children in Permaculture project has written many different session plans and activities that can help adults to engage children in permaculture in many different settings. What follows is a description of a way to engage children in a design process of their holidays, although these tools could equally be used by teachers to design a school... more
 
Terroir Seeds, Mother Earth News |
Wednesday, 24th April 2019
Using milk on your compost and in your garden will probably come as a surprise to most. Upon closer inspection, however, it starts to make sense. The amino acids, proteins, enzymes and natural sugars that make milk a food for humans and animals are the same ingredients in nurturing healthy communities of microbes, fungi and beneficial bacteria in... more
 

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