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Rob Croft |
Monday, 24th September 2012
As the world's worst DIY person, I am pleased to tell you that this compact comfrey maker works! The resources needed is part of a pallet (I spotted a broken one at the local recycling centre), wood preservative, a drainpipe, some plastic fixtures, a plastic bottle,a jam jar and tape. Put the device together as in the photograph and then simply... more
 
Ginny Evans |
Saturday, 22nd September 2012
Now the days are starting to draw in and the nights are getting longer (and cooler) it's time to focus once more on energy consumption and, in particular, how to keep your electricity bills as low as possible. Around this time last year the Evans family set themselves the challenge of halving their electricity bills over a six month period. In the... more
 
WeLoveApple |
Friday, 17th August 2012
This recycled Apple G4 tower brings a whole new meaning to 'you’ve got mail'!” For more wacky Mac recycling ideas see: http://techland.time.com/2011/01/18/well-thats-one-way-to-recycle-your-apple-computer/#ixzz23oJEABjc Cross-posted from WeLoveApple
 
Ross and Jenny Mars |
Thursday, 2nd August 2012
You can clean almost all of your house, including some of those stubborn stains in the kitchen, with the use of a few natural substances saving you money. What you need: Vinegar (white)Vinegar is a dilute solution of acetic acid. Vinegar is used as bleach, disinfectant, deodorant, and anti-mould cleaner. Bicarbonate of soda or baking soda (sodium... more
 
Teodora Totorean |
Monday, 30th July 2012
"We pick up everything we need from the garden: carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes, aubergines, peppers..." said my mother on the phone the other day. This is a living Paradise, I thought, as I have to buy everything from the shops. The days I used to do the same when living with my parents back in Romania seem so far away that I even forgot... more
 
Daven Midtown |
Friday, 20th July 2012
The natural repellent nature of garlic makes it a perfect tool for keeping pests off plants. Garlic water is simple to make and easy to administer. It can be used on vegetables or on flowering plants. This simple to make garlic tonic works well for pests such as aphids, but gardeners who are concerned about harmful chemicals can kick up the... more
 
Louisa Millar |
Tuesday, 10th July 2012
When caught without a cooking stove or camp-fire facilities this DIY log stove is just the ticket to that end of the day hot meal. Firstly, cut the log evenly on both sides so it stands up freely. Divide the log up into 8 sections by drawing 3 lines symetrically across the width. Then with your froe, axe or chainsaw cut vertical segments most of... more
 
Brittany Keiffer |
Friday, 6th July 2012
Rhubarb is making a brilliant comeback and for a plant native to Siberia, it is very easy to grow and harvest requiring only cold or warm weather, water and nitrogen to thrive. By selecting two different varieties such as Timperely Early and Victoria you can have a nutritious crop throughout Spring and the Summer; freezing any surplus is also very... more
 
permaculture.co.uk |
Thursday, 14th June 2012
Elderfowers mark the beginning of the bounty of early summer and there's nothing like making elderfower fritters to celebrate. It's so quick and easy too. Today we nipped outside and ate a few with Sean Reeves who teaches at The Sustainability Centre. Sean does a lot of outdoor cooking with kids and likes to suprise them to unusual but delicious... more
 
Paul Wheaton, www.permies.com |
Tuesday, 12th June 2012
1) use a good cast iron skillet with a glassy-smooth cooking surface (i.e. Griswold or Wagner). The new cast iron with the rough cooking surface is gonna be frustrating (Lodge Logic). 2) keep it dry! Using water short term (minutes, not hours) has its uses. When the time comes to put the cast iron cookware away, give it a few seconds on a hot... more
 
Mark Anslow |
Thursday, 31st May 2012
When I first built a cold frame I felt very pleased with myself – especially since I had managed to salvage almost all of the materials involved. All of the wood came from skips and disassembled pallets. It took a while to work out the angles at which the various sections needed to be cut so that the lid would close smartly, but eventually I... more
 
A Rocha Brazil |
Monday, 21st May 2012
Through training workshops, A Rocha Brazil is mobilizing communities and churches to respond to the environmental challenges in their neighbourhoods. Here's the story of how one innovative little church is turning an environmental problem into a solution - discarded plastic bottles into brooms! What you need: 20 plastic soft drink bottles 2 liter... more
 

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