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Simon Mitchell |
Friday, 20th April 2012
Ever since I learned about Buckminster Fuller at art college, I have wanted to experiment with making human-scale geodesics. So, as part of a new project – a book on DIY greenhouses on a budget, I constructed a surprisingly large greenhouse using wild hazel wood and a purchase of £30 worth of polytunnel sheet (which is about $50 for my USA readers... more
 
Dr Ben Kim |
Friday, 13th April 2012
This is for fudge and brownie lovers out there who want to enjoy their decadent squares and still respect themselves in the morning! Start by adding about two cups of almond butter to a large mixing bowl. Today, I used about 500 grams of almond butter - every last bit that I could get out of a small jar. You can use raw almond butter or roasted... more
 
Abram Mclaughlin, Scotland |
Thursday, 5th April 2012
I recently made this compost tumbler for my partner, Ju, who is a keen organic gardener. Ju does not like mice and our old composting system was not mouse proof. I would hear squeals every time she attempted to turn or empty it! This is my solution for turning and emptying compost with ease and without mice! You will need: Recycled fence posts... more
 
Wendy Ogden |
Monday, 26th March 2012
We had a living hawthorn tree when we took on our plot. Blocking access and wasting space it was choked with ivy. The stems of the ivy were as thick as tyres, spiraled up the trunk and twisted into giant nests between the branches. It took about a year to get the tree down to knee height. I was going to use the stump as a seat, or carve out the... more
 
Ju Clear |
Tuesday, 13th March 2012
I used to think I was being green using a papper potter but the 10 mile round trip to buy a newspapper is not very green. This is my second year of making plant pots our of tetra paks. To make them simple cut the pack in half, make some drainage holes in the bottom and use one whole tetra pack to make a tray for the other 'pot' to sit in by... more
 
Guy Dauncey, www.earthfuture.com |
Friday, 2nd March 2012
It's a bus, pedaled by eight children aged 4 to 12 and one adult, designed to get to school or go on a trip together. Top speed 15 kph, sound system, electric drive for the hills, and a canvas awning for rainy days. Yea, Holland! Built by Thomas Tolkamp, who has sold 25 of the bus-bikes so far, though none outside Europe. Cost $15,000. This... more
 
Alasdair Sim |
Tuesday, 7th February 2012
This is a vegan version of a classic carrot cake that always goes down well in the Beech Café at The Sustainability Centre. There are all sorts of flavours intermingling in the cake, from the tang of the ginger to the zestiness of the simple lemon icing, complementing the earthy sweetness of the carrots. I use maple syrup and caster sugar, but you... more
 
Becoming Self-Sufficient |
Thursday, 2nd February 2012
1 - Dust Baths - place cold ashes where your birds can get to them, the dust baths will control bugs 2 - Ring Around the Rosie - spread a low ring around individual plants are gardens to deter slugs/snails 3 - Mix into your Compost - in the north, this is the perfect thing! 4 - Lawn Fertilizer - Wood ash contains 10-25% calcium, 1-4% magnesium, 5-... more
 
Carl Legge |
Tuesday, 31st January 2012
This wonderful tuber is certainly getting popular. I got involved in identifying a specimen from Jamie Oliver's garden a few days ago . His online editor was after recipe ideas because it was being cooked in Jamie's '15' restaurant. It would be great if Oca now started to get the attention it deserves! One of the first recipe books I bought was... more
 
Carl Legge |
Wednesday, 11th January 2012
It’s obvious that there’s now a growing band of permie people growing this so-called ‘lost crop’ of the Incas. The tubers could easily be the model for gems or ‘power ups’ in a computer game they are so pretty. They come in a range of stunning colours, some with variegated eyes. They need a long growing season and tuber formation does not... more
 
Ben Brangwyn |
Saturday, 7th January 2012
Red spider mites harm apple, pear, plum and other fruit trees. They injure foliage by feeding with piercing mouthparts and removing cell contents, including chlorophyll. Heavy mite feeding early in the season can reduce tree growth, yield, and also affect fruit bud formation for the following year. There are four solutions: pesticides – usually... more
 
Carl Legge |
Monday, 19th December 2011
Parsnips have been cooked in Europe since Roman times. Famous Roman foodie Apicius recorded four recipes in his De Re Coquinaria including Coriander Parsnips Cooked in Wine. Another interesting factoid is that they share a flavour compound with peas which makes them perfect partners. Black garlic The black garlic in the recipe arises from a... more
 

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