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Alicja Szubert |
Thursday, 2nd July 2020
"This oak tree and me, we're made of the same stuff." ― Carl Sagan The increasingly common spread of devastating pandemics is a glaring reminder of the key role of the immune system in disease protection. This extends beyond us to all living things, including the trees in our forests and those used as a food source. The steadily increasing... more
 
Chris Lesley |
Wednesday, 20th May 2020
If you have any experience with keeping chickens in your backyard, you know that they quickly become part of your family and, like a family member, you’ll want to do whatever you can to keep them happy and healthy. Even if you consider yourself a chicken keeping expert, you may want to ask yourself, “what can I do better?” Below are six tips that... more
 
Olivia Harrison - Grain Architecture |
Monday, 18th May 2020
When confined to your home, how can you make sure the spaces you spend all your time in are good for your health, as well as the planet's? This crisis has quite literally brought home the importance of having a decent space to live and work in. Do you remember what life was like when we used to leave the house every morning to go to the office? In... more
 
Jennifer Stevens and Pollyanna Darling |
Tuesday, 28th April 2020
1. Boost your wellbeing listening to the sounds of Nature: right now they are louder, clearer and more needed than ever before! If you can spend some time in your local park, sitting beside a tree, or just closing your eyes and listening to the birds outside your window, this can help centre your thoughts and calm internal turmoil. In a calmer... more
 
Stephanie Hafferty |
Thursday, 23rd April 2020
I much prefer to use wooden or bamboo chopping boards rather than plastic. They are hard wearing, easy to clean, long lasting, kind to my knives and if they eventually do break, can be easily upcycled into something else or used as firewood. It is important to keep your chopping boards clean, whichever you prefer to use. These recipes are designed... more
 
Mak Tully |
Friday, 17th April 2020
For a lot of people, space can be a problem. Having acres of land is often only a dream. The reality is, for a lot of people, they just don't have land but want to follow the permaculture principles.Rather than have one big compost bin, sited in the garden, taking up valuable space, instead create lots of smaller ones. Bins you don't have to empty... more
 
Stephanie Hafferty |
Wednesday, 8th April 2020
Hang bunches of herbs around your home to help deter flies and other unwanted insects. They smell and look gorgeous too. Gather bunches of the herbs and tie together tightly, leaving enough string to make a loop for hanging. Plants with insect repelling properties include: Lemon scented pelargoniumsLavenderLemongrassLemon... more
 
Stephanie Hafferty |
Wednesday, 1st April 2020
Cider vinegar herbal spray 236ml (8fl.oz/1 cup) water236ml (8fl.oz/1 cup) rosemary, lemon balm and mint infused cider vinegar Mix together and pour into a labelled spray bottle.  Spray boards, surfaces, taps and sinks after scrubbing with a salt scrub. Wipe with a damp cloth and polish to a shine (for taps and other shining surfaces). This spray... more
 
Nigel Chant |
Monday, 30th March 2020
This is how I made my vertical growing system. This project was made entirely from recycled materials I had lying about, apart from the screws which I already had. What you will need Plastic tubes - mine are actually inners from a company that applies heat loss reducing film onto windows. Plastic downpipe or any other pipe which can be easily... more
 
Judy Birkbeck |
Thursday, 26th March 2020
Gravel. Ten by twelve metres of it, fence to fence, and an ominous giant canister of glyphosate left on the windowsill. Simple, I thought: clear the gravel, lift the underlying weed control fabric, and hey presto – all that space waiting to be planted. Wrong! Most of the topsoil had been removed and, worse, the subsoil had been tamped in places,... more
 
John Yeoman |
Thursday, 26th March 2020
Here are three more plants from the 'survival' list. Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) This is one of the easiest herbs to spot. Its rusty brown seed spike thrusts conspicuously from every motorway verge and acid city soil from summer through to spring. And it's no matter if its seed head and long spear-shaped leaves should be confused with the very similar... more
 
John Yeoman |
Thursday, 26th March 2020
Out of the many hundred edible British foods detailed in the best 'wild plant' guides, just these 12 will provide all you truly need, and more, for a continual fresh food supply. The advantage these 12 have over their 400 edible wild cousins is abundance, resilience, versatility and ease of recognition.  Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Compared... more
 

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