Readers' Solutions

Treehugger |
Friday, 22nd July 2016
These natural and DIY pesticides are effective at helping to rid your crops of harmful critters, but safe enough to keep from poisoning you and your family. There's nothing like having a home garden to make you begin to appreciate the trials and tribulations of the farmers who grow our food. Between weather, weeds, and insects, not to mention the... more
 
Carole Shorney |
Wednesday, 20th July 2016
We are in the middle of a drought here on Gozo. It’s getting serious. There hasn’t been any rain in over a month. In search of answers and some practical solutions, we recently made the short ferry trip across to the “big island” (i.e. Malta) to visit Vincent’s Eco Farm located just outside Zebbiah. As one of the few farms seeking certified... more
 
Treehugger |
Friday, 15th July 2016
Kids love insects, dirt, and water, which is why these activities will keep them entertained for hours this summer, while teaching them a lot about the natural world. Are you wondering how to keep your kids entertained this summer? Here are some fun nature-based activities to do outdoors while the weather is warm. Hopefully they will lead to hours... more
 
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
 

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