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Ross and Jenny Mars |
Friday, 25th January 2013
Great news! You can clean almost all of your house, including some of those stubborn stains, with the use of a few natural substances that are cheap to buy and easy to obtain. From A Permaculture Perspective One of the most important aspects of permaculture is its ethics. One of these ethics was ‘Care of the Earth’. Many of the sprays, deodorants... more
 
Julie Bruton-Seal and Matthew Seal |
Friday, 25th January 2013
Garlic has been a food and medicine for thousands of years. Many prescriptions of the ancient Egyptians included garlic for treatment of ailments from infections to physical weakness. The ancient Greeks used it freely, and athletes at the Olympic Games ate garlic to enhance their performance. The Romans gave it to both soldiers and workmen. Garlic... more
 
Juliet Kemp |
Tuesday, 22nd January 2013
Some herbs simply won’t grow in the UK over the winter: basil is an example, and chives will survive and return exuberantly in the spring, but won’t actually grow, even in a cold frame. However, quite a few herbs can be kept going, especially if you can grow them under glass. Rosemary is cold-hardy, and will do fine even out of a cold frame. You... more
 
Sarah Johnstone |
Thursday, 17th January 2013
The temperatures have fallen and snow is forecast this weekend so we all need warm, comforting food to see us through the cold snap and soup always fits the bill. Soup in January is also the ideal way of using up those Christmas leftovers lurking in the freezer. A couple of us at 'Permaculture HQ' have some frozen blue cheese saved from the... more
 
Sarah Jasmon |
Friday, 11th January 2013
I’ve lived on a boat for nearly eight years now, a wide beam canal boat on the Leeds to Liverpool canal. My power supply is a 5kw diesel generator, which is noisy, thirsty, and prone to going wrong on rainy, cold evenings. What is the appeal of applying solar power technology on a boat? Compared to the generator, it is quiet, provides free energy... more
 
Andy Hunt |
Thursday, 10th January 2013
I was recently working out the carbon footprint of Green Cottage, and came up with a very favourable figure of less than one tonne of CO2 a year – this being associated with the grid electricity I use. I’m with Good Energy who use 100% renewable energy, but for the purposes of counting I take the figure for normal grid electricity as that’s what... more
 
Elaine Aldridge |
Friday, 4th January 2013
For years I have been struggling with 'dig' versus 'no-dig' principals on my allotment. When I started, back in 2003, I had a mass of perennial weeds to deal with and gleefully accepted an offer to rotovate a section of my plot. This was a huge mistake as I had effectively propagated the bind weed by stem-cutting it thus increasing it tenfold!... more
 
Diana White |
Friday, 4th January 2013
All of Diana's recipes and nutritional principles take into account our own health but also the effect our food consumption habits have on our planet.  This delicious 'Vegan Rustic Cooking' recipe will see you through late autumn, winter and early spring, which is when you will find leeks growing in abundance. Ingredients (serves 2) 200g / 1 cup... more
 
Anna Glanville-Hearson |
Monday, 17th December 2012
You come in from the pouring rain and kick your soggy shoes off after a day at work; you get back from a long journey; you get up from the computer at your tedious, number-crunching job... You put the kettle on and with a cup of tea in hand, you momentarily become human again. The only thing missing is a dash of milk, but what if you'd like to try... more
 
Garden Guy |
Thursday, 13th December 2012
Got a fig tree? They are Super Easy to grow and there are over 700 different types in the US alone and more then 1000 worldwide. The most common in the US are Black Mission, Brown Turkey, and Green Ischia. Figs grow in zones 7-11b, but there are more cold hardy varieties out there. Some people as far north as zone 5b have figs growing, many are... more
 
Sebastian von Holstein |
Sunday, 9th December 2012
Most of us will have thought about hair loss, a good percentage will have experienced it or you may even be going through it as we speak.   While there are many shampoo’s, conditioners and health supplements on the market, these are not always the healthiest of options, nor are they the cheapest or most effective. While hair loss affects people... more
 
Sarah Johnstone |
Friday, 7th December 2012
You can never have too many mince pies at this time of year and if you make a large batch they freeze really well and can be thawed and warmed through as and when needed. The following recipe is from an old cookery book by Katie Stewart; the pastry works well and I particularly love the addition of ground almonds. Recipe makes approximately 24... more
 

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