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Glennie Kindred |
Saturday, 12th April 2014
A pond is essential for a healthy ecosystem but if you have a very small garden, a simple washing up bowl and some water mint is enough. Add a few rocks so that the birds can get a drink from it. Remarkably all kinds of water creatures arrive in the water, carried by the birds perhaps. Similarly if you decide to add some frogspawn, then make sure... more
 
Anni Kelsey |
Friday, 11th April 2014
At its simplest, a polyculture of (mainly perennial) edibles will have plants of different heights or structures that snuggle up against each other comfortably plus some supporting plants to attract insects, accumulate minerals, or fix nitrogen. Some of my favourite supporting plants are herbs because they are multifunctional e.g. fennel, thyme or... more
 
Holly Davis |
Friday, 4th April 2014
As we learn how vital microbes are to the health of our inner and outer ecosystems, interest in fermentation and its benefits are multiplying. Happily we are now rapidly reclaiming this knowledge and the delight of safe, natural, lacto fermentation. Lacto fermentation is an anaerobic (oxygen is excluded) process, whereby lactic acid producing... more
 
Rob Hopkins |
Tuesday, 1st April 2014
Fed up of the slimy critters destroying your garden? Well, as we permies like to proclaim, the problem is the solution. After many a torch lit evening collecting bucket after bucket of our slimy friends, I wondered what I could do with them. The solution is gloriously simple. Simply pop them in a moderate oven (180°C, 350°F or Gas Mark 4) for five... more
 
Permaculture magazine |
Friday, 28th March 2014
A new style of shelter has been produced by architect and designer, Abeer Seikaly. The collapsable shelter is made from a woven fabric, which can easily be destructed to make it mobile. The outer skin absorbs solar energy which is converted into usable electricity and the inner skin includes many pockets which can be used for storage. There is a... more
 
Rozie Apps |
Friday, 21st March 2014
For those who live in urban environments, growing space is often limited. Growing vertically is a great way to make the most of the space you do have. Here are five easy ways to help you grow your own fruits and vegetables in small spaces. 1. Create a salad tower It is possible to buy vertical planters online or from nurseries and garden centres,... more
 
Kate Fox |
Wednesday, 19th March 2014
My partner Andy and I recently made the move to living off grid after selling our conventional town house in March 2013. This is something we have wanted to do for several years; we were trying to live a low impact lifestyle whilst connected to mains water, gas and electricity and finding ourselves paying much more money in standing charges than... more
 
Anni Kelsey |
Monday, 17th March 2014
The glorious early days of spring – light, bright and filled with hope and promise, send many of us rushing outside to begin sowing and planting. I relish the opportunities presented at this time of year, however as there are so many different things I could grow and space is limited I have to choose carefully. I want to use the space available to... more
 
Patrick Whitefield |
Wednesday, 12th March 2014
It's nearly the end of March and I haven't sown a seed yet. I reckon that here in the south of England early April is about right. I used to rush to get them in early so as to make the harvesting season longer. But over the years I've learnt that a more relaxed attitude often gives better results.Seeds sown too early, often in a warm spell, can... more
 
Carl Legge |
Monday, 3rd March 2014
With this simple dish you make the most of sweet seasonal roots and the robust taste of winter leaves. Easy to cook in just one pot: it's on your plate in just 15 minutes from the first ingredient hitting the water. And you get a grand flavoured stock to use for soup as a by product. It's a very healthy dish, with lots of fibre from the veg and... more
 
Deano Martin |
Friday, 28th February 2014
I have been intrigued by the idea of a hotbed for years, but the trigger for this project was reading Hot Beds by Jack First. This book is a great little resource, packed full of information on how to make a hotbed, and what to grow in one once made. Having put up a decent sized polytunnel (hoop house) last Summer, I've been waiting for the right... more
 
Michael Judd |
Tuesday, 25th February 2014
Sandi Gill-Smith is a retired scientist who lives in the Washington D.C. area with her ailing husband Ivan. As he slowly loses his mobility, the couple continues to become more home-bound. She commissioned Ecologia Design, founded by author Michael Judd, to convert her yard to an edible one that would lure them outside with its beauty and bounty.... more
 

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