Readers' Solutions

Deborah Mitchener |
Monday, 18th January 2016
I may cause a backlash here from far more experienced seed savers but I just save everything I can and that looks viable. If you have used an F1 variety there is no point as the majority will be sterile, but once you get into saving and swapping anything is possible. To make sure that you can save seed, try buying heritage varieties, or attend a... more
 
Charles Dowding |
Monday, 4th January 2016
Polytunnels are wonderful structures and good value compared to greenhouses. Once erected they will be there for several years, so check out my tips before buying. I have used polytunnels since 1983 when I bought three, each being 18×55 feet (5.5x17m). They served me well except that their 1in tubes were a little too thin for my exposed site; in a... more
 
Rebecca Hosking |
Monday, 21st December 2015
Flerding is also dryly called 'multi-species grazing'. The idea behind it is simple.  Nature is diverse and complex and, unlike in farming, there is never a single or monoculture species. Many folks are aware of monoculture crops in agriculture such as an arable crop of wheat or barley or a horticultural field of cabbages. We tend to forget about... more
 
Lynne Davis, Street Goat |
Monday, 21st December 2015
Street Goat: A different way of thinking about creating our food system.

 Einstein said "You can't solve a problem with the thinking that created it."  

Being Permaculturalists there is one thing that we can all agree on: Our food system needs to change! This is something that we know. We've read the campaigns, the statistics, the facts. For... more
 
Flo Scott |
Wednesday, 2nd December 2015
Just imagine being able to step out of your back door each day to pick fresh strawberries and red currants to sprinkle on your breakfast, or to gather salads and edible flowers for a large salad lunch, or imagine being able to harvest fresh vegetables just a few paces from the kitchen door each evening to add to your supper. This is the lifestyle... more
 
Claire Smith |
Tuesday, 24th November 2015
Raising chickens during winter can be a challenging time for backyard chicken owners. With those dark cold mornings and the drop in egg production, it’s no wonder we don’t like this time of year! So I have produced a guide as an aid for all backyard chicken owners, and to answer all your questions about how to care for your chickens during winter... more
 
Rozie Apps |
Thursday, 5th November 2015
Creating your own natural skin care products can be expensive. A lot of the DIY books give lists of ingredients that you either don't have or cost a lot to buy. So here are a few recipes that are easy to make and won't break the bank. FACE For a simple face wash2 tbsp fine sugar + 1 tbsp olive oilStir together, apply to face, and wipe off with... more
 
Autumn |
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
The world can’t get enough spice! In 2014, worldwide sales of hot chilli sauces grew by 8.3%, generating $1.72 billion (around £1.1 billion). With experts predicting that sales will skyrocket to over $2.5 billion (around £1.6 billion) in 2020, it’s time to turn up the heat... What’s in a chilli? The Scoville scale The Scoville scale is used to... more
 
Chris Hope |
Wednesday, 30th September 2015
Some plants seem to be our constant companions, no matter where we live. Often, they will also be some of our really useful species. It will soon become clear that the common mallow (Malva sylvestris) is one of these plants. Rather than being looked upon as a weed, the mallows can be more usefully described as some of our gloriously abundant plant... more
 
Dafydd Monks |
Thursday, 3rd September 2015
As many who forage for wild food will know, the hedgerows and verges are laden with an abundant harvest of fruit and edible produce at this time of year; literally bent over double with the weight of fruit and berries. But there is another, equally rewarding harvest ripe for the picking over the next month or two – wild medicines that you can... more
 
Paul Wheaton - richsoil.com |
Friday, 17th July 2015
Stinging nettles are often thought of as a weed, but they have many health and nutritious benefits as well as being easy to grow or forage. The basics They lose their sting in the first 30 seconds of cooking. They have more protein than any other edible plant I know of. They will satisfy my hamburger cravings. Harvest for eating before they are... more
 
Steve Golemboski-Byrne |
Tuesday, 14th July 2015
When we built our timber framed classroom last year, one of the concerns was how best to heat it. We are entirely reliant on woodfuel here, and a regular woodburner was going to make a big dent in our precious wood pile. Then I saw a rocket mass heater in Permaculture magazine, and it seemed the perfect solution. For those who haven’t encountered... more
 

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