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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
 
Frugi |
Tuesday, 17th March 2020
UK organic children's clothing brand, Frugi, have created a free downloadable pack of artwork to keep kids occupied at home and away from screens. Wether your kids are home due to illness or in self-isolation, keep them entertained and their creative juices flowing with these beautiful and fun activities. From Mother's Day cards and Wordsearches,... more
 
Rebecca Smith |
Wednesday, 22nd January 2020
I live in Norway, at 60 degrees north, where the growing season is short due to our latitude. However, I live on the coast where the climate is mild relative to the rest of Norway. It is comparable to Denmark or northern Scotland. Every January, like many gardeners in the northern hemisphere, I get the itch to sow and grow. I sow what I can into... more
 
Gary Parker |
Tuesday, 19th November 2019
If you want to create a suitable environment for a seating area, garden building, vegetable plot or other growing area in your outside space, understanding how wind, sun and water behave is crucial to success. High winds can be a problem for some sites. They can make it more challenging to create garden structures and limit the number of crops you... more
 
Margene Whitler Hucek |
Tuesday, 30th July 2019
Swiss chard is a beet that yields large leaves and crunchy stalks rather than an edible root. Long after heat-sensitive spinach and lettuces have bolted and gone to seed, Swiss chard is at its peak. An impressive plant reaching up to two feet in height, Swiss chard, Beta vulgaris, belongs to the same family as spinach and is similar in taste.... more
 

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