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Carl Legge |
Friday, 15th August 2014
You know that feeling when you pick more courgettes towards the back end of the summer. More! You've eaten them raw, stuffed, sautéed, griddled, baked, on pizza, with pasta, in salads and soups and you just can't face anymore. Now you want to save them for later in the year and you don't want to take an age to process them. Dehydrating them works... more
 
Derek Jones |
Thursday, 14th August 2014
This bug house uses some easily found natural materials, such as bamboo canes, pieces of wood, twigs and plant stems, to provide a range of homes for lots of different invertebrates. This project is perfect for making with kids. Start with a search for suitable branches and twigs, and then make your bug house to suit the materials available.... more
 
Phil Moore |
Wednesday, 6th August 2014
What was once an empty school playground is now home to a series of veg beds, with thermal solar storing pathways. Hopscotch and handball markings remain with the North/South/East/West compass still visible in the centre of the playground, now with veg beds moving outwards in a radial pattern, like the rays of the sun. Laya Point Permaculture,... more
 
Katie Shepherd |
Friday, 1st August 2014
Red mite infestation is a common health and welfare in poultry in the UK, (and beyond) and this year seems to have been particulalry problematic. Over the last few weeks I've seen much discussion on Facebook and Twitter about various ways of treating and preventing what can be a really distressing and fatal health problem in poultry flocks of all... more
 
Eco-Building & Forestry |
Thursday, 31st July 2014
(Ed) Lots of people use raised beds to grow flowers, fruit and vegetables. They enable better access, help with water management and can extend the growing season. With them being so popular, we were intrigued when we received a newsletter from Eco-Building and Forestry, exploring more sustainable raised beds. Can raised garden beds be part of a... more
 
Carl Legge |
Friday, 25th July 2014
These tart and tasty berries have been enjoyed as a nutritious and healthy fruit for centuries. I love their complex, almost smoky, flavour and I love to get the most out of my harvest. So here is another of my multiple product recipes from one batch of ingredients. Permaculture in action - make a regal liqueur and a smashing jam. Blackcurrant... more
 
Fuggo and Geoff |
Friday, 18th July 2014
Coppicing is an ancient form of woodland management, that involves repetitive felling on the same stump (also known as a coppice stool), near to ground level, and allowing the shoots to regrow from that main stump. Trees that can be coppiced are hugely important. They are a sustainable source of material, which enables various products to be... more
 
Edd Kimber |
Wednesday, 2nd July 2014
A simple yet delicious traditional English dessert with a mixture of fruit and Jordans Country Crisp Strawberries for a beautiful summery treat made using foraged alpine strawberries. Preparation time: 10 minutesCooking time: 25 minutesServes: 6 Ingredients Custard 250ml whole milk1 tsp vanilla bean paste1 large egg2 large egg yolks100g caster... more
 
Carl Legge |
Thursday, 26th June 2014
For me, one of the great joys of garlic are the 'serpents' that coil from the tops of hardneck garlic (Allium sativum var. ophioscorodon). These are best taken off the plant so that the plant concentrates its resources on growing splendid bulbs. Which is a bonus, as the mild garlic heat and taste of the serpents or 'scapes' is a summer treat. If... more
 
Wendy Howard |
Friday, 20th June 2014
Quinta do Vale is an off-grid permaculture project of 2.5ha in the mountains of Central Portugal. It’s an evolving demonstration site for many aspects of sustainable living, with a particular emphasis on off-grid infrastructure. It’s run by Wendy Howard. When I first started planning the infrastructure here, I intended to use Joe Jenkins‘ dry ‘... more
 
Steve Niner |
Thursday, 5th June 2014
Take a piece of white cotton fabric, a torn up old sheet is perfect and fold in half. Mark the centre on the top and bottom of the fabric. Place leaves and flowers on one side of the line. Fold the other side back over, hold in place the bash with a stick till the sap starts to show on to the fabric. Unfold and scrape off the plant matter, add... more
 
Gary Jack |
Monday, 26th May 2014
Don't get me wrong, there are good renewables contractors our there (as we have used some), and looking on the Micro Generation Certification Scheme (MCS) approved list, is a good place to start, especially if you want to be eligible for grants such as the Feed in Tariff (FIT), Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) and the Green Deal. Unfortunately... more
 

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