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Andy Hunt |
Friday, 16th December 2011
How to build a complete solar and wind powered mobile disco/mini rave sound system to entertain your family and friends! As a fun project I have built a solar and wind powered sound system, which I take out and about to camping expeditions and the like. It's built from a 12V car amplifier and a bunch of recycled studio monitor speakers. The... more
 
Brad Rowland |
Wednesday, 30th November 2011
Hugelkultur is a method of building planting beds by covering wood with dirt; big piles of wood and sometimes other organic matter. You can dig a trench and fill it with wood, or just pile the wood on the ground and cover it. There are many different approaches as Paul Wheaton points out, and the results are impressive. This has to be one of the... more
 
Sunseed Desert Technology |
Monday, 28th November 2011
We used a local renewable material, caña (like bamboo). You could use anything long and bendy – we would like to try it with hazel next time we are further north. The only items we paid for are the plastic and string (pita string made from fibres of the giant succulent Agave plant). It took six days with four people working. It's a lovely... more
 
Andy Hunt |
Monday, 21st November 2011
There are loads of good videos about how to make your own rocket stove, but this is how I made mine. I used two catering sized vegetable oil tins and a normal baked bean size tin. First using a strong pair of scissors I cut the top off the first large tin. Better to use tin snips if you have them but good scissors will do. Start the cut by... more
 
Carl Legge |
Monday, 21st November 2011
We're well into pumpkin season and you may be wondering how else to use this seasonal squash. I know some of my baking peers have used it in sourdough bread to good effect. So I set out to work out my own recipe from first principles. Well I'm delighted with the results I got. I roasted the pumpkin with some smoked chipotle chillies, coriander... more
 
Permaculture magazine |
Monday, 14th November 2011
When a build-up of my cosmetics began to overtake the bathroom, I decided to throw away and freecycle all of the beauty products that weren't made from organic ingredients. I'd been reading about some of the nasty chemicals they put in beauty products like shampoos and moisturisers and decided that it was time to start living by the motto, 'Put... more
 
Permaculture magazine - Hayley Harland |
Monday, 7th November 2011
I've had eczema since I was a child and have tried everything including homeopathy and herbal medicine as well as more conventional treatments. I was told that I would probably grow out of it but unfortunately I was still itching into my 20s. None of the treatments I was given worked, they either gave temporary relief or made it worse. After years... more
 
Carl Legge |
Thursday, 27th October 2011
Making wine is an ideal way of getting the most out of your harvest and using the bruised and damaged ones. You could make just a 5 litre demi-john. To be honest it’s better to make a big amount to really use a good quantity of apples. The wine you make really can be very good. Your apple variety will affect the taste. The ones I use taste a lot... more
 
Carl Legge |
Wednesday, 5th October 2011
Us permaculture types like to get the most from our harvest. Remember in the previous blog post, I told you to save those sloes for next time? Well now you get to make these delicious things out of them too... Sloe port recipe In this recipe the sloes are re-macerated with red wine & sugar and then the resultant drink is fortified with a... more
 
Carl Legge |
Tuesday, 4th October 2011
The sloe harvest is well in train now in many parts of the country. These small, tart bundles of pink flesh could transform your gin into a warming memory of autumn leaf colours & leisurely foraging. Here's the recipe with some ideas for additional flavours and a couple of ideas of how to serve it. First, pick your sloes. Make sure you have... more
 
Richard Brennan |
Wednesday, 21st September 2011
When we moved into our house on Bainbridge Island, I could see that I would need to replace the deck. It had been exposed to too many soggy Puget Sound winters. That summer I pulled the old deck apart and sawed it into stove-sized chunks. We burnt it in our woodstove that winter. I didn't build a new deck right away. I knew I wanted a covered deck... more
 
Permaculture magazine |
Tuesday, 20th September 2011
When I came across some tiny jam jars at a local tea room being discarded every time somebody had a scone, I couldn't bare to watch them being put in the bin. So with a nifty bit of freecycling, I popped them in my bag to use for some kind of edible present. I considered jam, but that would be a bit stingy due to their tininess so I had to come up... more
 

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