Readers' Solutions

Martin Holme |
Monday, 30th July 2018
For many years I have wanted an eco-house in the country but as I live in the southeast of England where property prices are so high, this is a long-term plan. My home is a fairly standard semi-detached house. There are lots of things that can be done to reduce carbon emissions but many initiatives cost quite a bit of money. The more I spend here... more
Melissa Breyer - Treehugger |
Monday, 30th July 2018
When you picture 'exercising', do you envision getting into the car and driving to the gym where you then strain and struggle with strange machines while breathing indoor-sporty air, before getting back in your car and driving home? Is that a pleasant scenario for you? A lot of people love the gym, and seriously, more power to them. I am not one... more
J.K.Rooke |
Tuesday, 3rd July 2018
Sustainable forests and gardens try not to use chemicals or fertilisers from outside. The soil should remain increasingly fertile because it is covered in mixed growth. Bare soil looses nutrients and structure fairly rapidly, and it is in the nature of ploughed field commercial agriculture that dangerous chemicals have to be used to preserve... more
Sarah Buckingham |
Friday, 11th May 2018
These herbs are easy to grow, and provide a valuable source of food for bees and other pollinating insects. They are also great for cooking with, and growing your own herbs saves you money too. Plant a variety of herbs to flower with every season, and you’ll be helping lots of different bees to find nectar and pollen throughout the year. Join the... more
Susan Tipton-Fox |
Friday, 11th May 2018
Spring is often when bees will swarm, so here's a guide to why bees swarm and how to catch one. What Is Bee Swarming? Beekeepers today now try to control their hives and not let them swarm. Some may ask, "what IS swarming?". Very simply; a new colony of bees have been formed. Most often the old queen will leave with her worker bees and search out... more
Andy Reynolds |
Wednesday, 18th April 2018
Solar power is all around us and is one of the reasons why we exist as we are. Trees and plants are of course the supreme example of natural solar collectors having evolved over vast swathes of time to harness this natural resource. As a bi-product of this process they helpfully provide us with an almost unquantifiable range of goods, fibre with a... more
Adam Hope |
Tuesday, 3rd April 2018
Have you been revamping your kitchen or bathroom and have left over tiles? Or have you accumulated them from a friend, a carboot sale or found them free on Freecycle? Here are five creative ways to reuse them so they don't go to waste. Coasters Using a leftover square ceramic tile as a coaster is an easy place to start, and can look great. Keeping... more
Stefan Geyer |
Sunday, 1st April 2018
Photo caption: Bluey seeking out culninary bio-remediation I must be getting old, as I read on your last front cover 'cleaning up our urban waterways with vegan arancini'. What an incredible idea, I thought, these permaculturalists really are a creative bunch, living the oft quoted permaculture principle of 'the yield is only limited by the... more
Manju Grg |
Friday, 2nd March 2018
Aloe vera is a plant famous for its healing and soothing properties. Why are health and beauty experts so fascinated with this plant? What can aloe vera do for us? One of the most incredible benefits of aloe vera (except for our general internal health, of course) is its ability to improve your skin. The large leaves of the Aloe Vera plant are... more
Johanna Cider |
Tuesday, 14th November 2017
Living amongst nature has been shown to drastically improve both our moods and our sense of wellbeing (see issue 94 of Permaculture magazine). Even having a plant or two in your home is likely to help with your happiness! However, there’s often the problem of space to consider, especially in modern urban environments – if you don’t have a lot of... more
Wade Muggleton |
Tuesday, 31st October 2017
It is a well recited horticultural fact that growing fruit trees from pips or stones is a complete waste of time. Each will be an unknown cross and so to quote Forrest Gump, you truly ‘never know what you’re a gonna get’ which is true. This is never more so than in the case of apples, for the genus Malus has one of the most diverse genomes in... more
Karen Thompson |
Monday, 23rd October 2017
Tired of conventional insect repellents containing DEET and other toxic chemicals, but still want to protect yourself against pesky bugs and pests? The solution is simple: Make your own! In this article we tell you just how to create your own, all-natural insect repellents, using nothing but common household ingredients. Not only is it more... more