Readers' Solutions

Wade Muggleton |
Wednesday, 15th March 2017
Why do we Prune Fruit Trees? (Bearing in mind we don’t prune say an oak tree growing in a hedgerow) There are 4 main reason that we prune Fruit Trees: To get better quality Fruit, it is better to get 100 fully ripe, full sized apples, than 200 apples the size of a golf ball that never fully ripen. So it’s about quality, not necessarily quantity.... more
Malcolm Johnstone |
Thursday, 9th March 2017
Temporary IDP camps (internally displaced camps) built for those in Iraq, as well as many other conflict situations, are often more permanent than initially planned. Camps built in a few weeks for an influx of people are, years later, small towns with shops, schools and bustling social activity. These towns however, are not sustainable due to the... more
Andrew McMillion |
Wednesday, 8th March 2017
As anyone who has tried can confirm, overwintering kale in the far North is challenging. In what follows I relay historical research on traditional growing techniques published in Norwegian, as well as my application of the findings to growing kale in harsh conditions in Norway. In researching hardy kale most of the focus seems to be on finding... more
Babs Behan |
Wednesday, 8th February 2017
The Textile Industry is the second biggest polluter in the World, after agro-chemical farming for the Food Industry. Our water is being contaminated with heavy metals from industrial dye works, as textile producers and manufacturers use an astounding 8000 synthetic chemicals in their processes. There are 72 toxic chemicals in our water that come... more
Will Rolls |
Wednesday, 25th January 2017
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sick of winter. I live towards the north of England (where, I’m reliably informed, it’s ‘grim’) and by this time of year, I’m usually beginning to wonder if I’ll ever see the sun again. So I expect like me you’d much rather be thinking about holidays somewhere warm and sunny than what you should be doing with... more
Canal & River Trust |
Wednesday, 23rd November 2016
Bats are hugely important within our ecosystems and over the last century, their traditional roosting sites have been destroyed. They mostly roost on the edges of canals, rivers and in nearby woodlands. Bats eat a lot of insects, which helps protect us from diseases, and play a major role in the survival of owls. Bats also make essential flora... more
Thomas Henfrey and Gil Penha-Lopes |
Monday, 7th November 2016
Changing climatic conditions mean a need to plan for altered and often unpredictable future precipitation patterns. In some places rainfall will 
decrease; elsewhere drought will be more common and/or pronounced; other areas will experience erratic rainfall, storms or other extreme weather events. Applying the principle of ‘capture and store... more
Wade Muggleton |
Friday, 21st October 2016
Here is a shocking statistic: it is claimed by The Tree Council that 1 in 3 young trees planted, don’t make it to five years old, i.e. they die prematurely. This is a tragedy for all those trees as well as a dreadful waste of the time, energy and resources of growing, nurturing, transporting and planting them. So just as there is that popular car... more
Alice Griffin |
Wednesday, 19th October 2016
When setting up our micro-business, Little Loquat, we wanted to create our work using materials that we could readily find around us, materials that are free - or almost - and that in some way represent the re-using philosophy. In the beginning I dabbled with bags and soft toys made from recycled fabrics and my husband knew only that he was keen... more
Kerry Forides |
Friday, 23rd September 2016
Heritage seed loss is a global problem. I believe when we buy any packaged seed, hybridised to produce sterile offspring, we are directly contributing to the genocide of global heritage.  By sharing Two Part ‘Copyright free’ plan below, which we are implementing in Corfu, we can stop further heritage seed losses and improve overall environmental... more
Farm Africa |
Friday, 9th September 2016
For the two thirds of people in Kenya who rely on the food they grow and animals they keep, frequent droughts can leave many struggling to produce enough to feed their families. In recent years, Kenya’s Kitui County has suffered from significant variations in climate, with serious impacts on rain-fed agricultural production and food security in... more
Clint Elston |
Wednesday, 3rd August 2016
I would like to share an experiment I recently finished on a house in Minnesota; that of separating the potable water according to the varying quality needs of specific plumbing fixtures, e.g., all bathroom faucets and showerheads and all of the kitchen faucets, the dishwasher, washing machine and refrigerator require a much higher quality of... more