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Readers' Solutions

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
 
Rozie Apps |
Friday, 14th February 2014
Utility bills are continually on the rise and it is getting more expensive to maintain a warm and healthy home. There are a wide range of solutions to making your home warmer and more energy efficient, but a lot of these can either be too expensive or, if you rent, not an option. Our favourite way to keep warm without using too much electricity is... more
 
Crystal Stevens |
Sunday, 9th February 2014
Permaculture is alive with possibilities of positive change. While my husband and I have always dreamed of getting our permaculture certifications, our finances and inability to spend a month away from our children have prevented us from doing so. But that does not imply that we are incapable of bringing visions of permaculture into fruition in... more
 
Andy Hunt |
Friday, 7th February 2014
I use 'Miller's Magic', a biodynamic flour produced by the watermill at Little Salkeld in Cumbria. It is a mixture of wheat and rye flour, which is good for making sourdough as apparently the yeast which naturally occurs on rye grains is the best for sourdough bread. The usual method for sourdough is to first make a 'starter'. Take a few teaspoons... more
 
Patrick Whitefield |
Thursday, 23rd January 2014
The wind may be howling, the rain may be sheeting down and the garden may look bare and bedraggled, but now is the time to think about buying seeds, before the rush starts. The first step is to decide what you want to grow next year and see what seeds you have in stock. You may find that you don’t have to buy very much. There’s usually more than... more
 
Juliet Kemp |
Monday, 20th January 2014
You may live in a tiny flat or have no more outside space than a windowbox. You may even only have an indoor windowsill available. But it’s still worth getting yourself a container and some compost, and growing just a little food of your very own. I won’t talk here about getting hold of a container or compost, but bear in mind that Freecycle and... more
 
Katie Shepherd |
Tuesday, 14th January 2014
At this time of year here in the Yorkshire Dales, (when there isn't deep snow on the ground!), much upland farm land has plenty of evidence of mole activity (i.e. lots of mole hills!), and this year in particular, the moles are in abundance. For many farmers (and gardeners) moles are seen as a pest. The 'hills' of soil inhibit precious grass... more
 
Jackie Brigden |
Friday, 10th January 2014
Here's how I solve the problem of leaving baby peppers in the window sill propogator. Not an LED grow bulb in sight! Firstly use recycled card behind the propagator. This one is heated at the base. Cover it in kitchen foil to reflect the light.  This means the seedlings do not grow forward towards the window but grow straighter, avoiding turning... more
 
Rozie Apps |
Saturday, 7th December 2013
Christmas tends to cost a lot of money - there's the food, presents and decorations.  Here at the Sustainability Centre where Permaculture magazine is based, we have a beautiful Christmas tree in the foyer, which has been made from recycled and reused items, making it completely FREE! Julie who made the tree and decorations, didn't want to buy a... more
 
CS Globe |
Wednesday, 4th December 2013
There is a growing need for safe, healthy, and natural food items, and what seems like a decreasing amount of space to grow healthy organic food in nutrient-rich soil. Growers are always looking for methods which will save energy, reduce pollution, grow more and higher quality crops, and they want something that is affordable. Underground... more
 

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