Readers' Solutions

Adam Hope |
Tuesday, 3rd April 2018
Have you been revamping your kitchen or bathroom and have left over tiles? Or have you accumulated them from a friend, a carboot sale or found them free on Freecycle? Here are five creative ways to reuse them so they don't go to waste. Coasters Using a leftover square ceramic tile as a coaster is an easy place to start, and can look great. Keeping... more
Stefan Geyer |
Sunday, 1st April 2018
Photo caption: Bluey seeking out culninary bio-remediation I must be getting old, as I read on your last front cover 'cleaning up our urban waterways with vegan arancini'. What an incredible idea, I thought, these permaculturalists really are a creative bunch, living the oft quoted permaculture principle of 'the yield is only limited by the... more
Manju Grg |
Friday, 2nd March 2018
Aloe vera is a plant famous for its healing and soothing properties. Why are health and beauty experts so fascinated with this plant? What can aloe vera do for us? One of the most incredible benefits of aloe vera (except for our general internal health, of course) is its ability to improve your skin. The large leaves of the Aloe Vera plant are... more
Johanna Cider |
Tuesday, 14th November 2017
Living amongst nature has been shown to drastically improve both our moods and our sense of wellbeing (see issue 94 of Permaculture magazine). Even having a plant or two in your home is likely to help with your happiness! However, there’s often the problem of space to consider, especially in modern urban environments – if you don’t have a lot of... more
Wade Muggleton |
Tuesday, 31st October 2017
It is a well recited horticultural fact that growing fruit trees from pips or stones is a complete waste of time. Each will be an unknown cross and so to quote Forrest Gump, you truly ‘never know what you’re a gonna get’ which is true. This is never more so than in the case of apples, for the genus Malus has one of the most diverse genomes in... more
Karen Thompson |
Monday, 23rd October 2017
Tired of conventional insect repellents containing DEET and other toxic chemicals, but still want to protect yourself against pesky bugs and pests? The solution is simple: Make your own! In this article we tell you just how to create your own, all-natural insect repellents, using nothing but common household ingredients. Not only is it more... more
Susan Tipton-Fox |
Tuesday, 10th October 2017
The reason I try to watch for the first fall is that you want to get the chestnuts as soon as they start falling otherwise they can become wormy. I try to pick the chestnuts up at least once a day. (Editor's note: Please make sure you are 100% certain that the chestnuts you pick are of the Castanea genus. The comoon sweet chestnut, Castanea sativa... more
Raymond Web |
Thursday, 28th September 2017
Vegetable gardens are an owner’s pride. They are planned and planted with great efforts. However, garden pests are one of the most prevalent problems faced by gardeners. If you too own a garden, you must have battled these pesky creatures at some point or other to protect your vegetable garden. The good news is that you need not resort to chemical... more
Tricky Wolf |
Monday, 10th July 2017
Our current home is a 400 year old cave house in the mountains so it sort of comes with the territory that there isn’t any kind of central heating! Although we have an open fireplace it is incredibly inefficient at burning fuel and most of the heat disappears up the chimney. With two small children in the house it isn’t the safest option either.... more
Cindy Warren |
Friday, 30th June 2017
Turmeric, The Golden Herb, is known as a much treasured and versatile spice used in various dishes. However, turmeric has an extensive list of therapeutic properties. Your skin can greatly benefit from it, too. Why? Many studies done in the last decades, confirm the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal properties of the... more
Andrew and Yolande De La Haye |
Thursday, 15th June 2017
We quit our well paid corporate jobs in 2008 to find a better way of life. In 2010 we sold everything, except the contents of our backpacks, and set off to travel in order to find our true purpose in life and embrace a new economy of our own making. This is our story of discovery and richly rewarding experiences which delivered us into a new life... more
Stuart Fermor |
Monday, 12th June 2017
Currently many families in the Gambia have no electricity and when the sun goes down, they burn candles to provide light. This costs money of course, is not great for people’s health and most importantly, makes it hard if not impossible for children to study. Keith and Sue Marshall set up their company Sunny Night Light to create low tech, low... more