Readers' Solutions

Paul Wheaton - |
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
Chris Hope |
Wednesday, 24th June 2015
Ground ivy is such a beautiful and useful herb, often overlooked. Even with its gorgeous flowers, this plant produces mixed feelings from gardeners, for sometimes taking over where it's not wanted. But hopefully after reading this, it can be allowed to roam in your permaculture plot, where it will yield more than just its food and medicine.... more
Lisbeth Larose |
Monday, 22nd June 2015
It’s no secret that technology changes the way we live each day. Good news is it simplifies our lives so much, one could say we hold the world in our pockets. I am a keen gardener and have been testing out a range off apps that help in the garden. It doesn’t matter whether you are curious or looking for garden solutions, the following are... more
Oscar Cifuentes |
Saturday, 13th June 2015
Many things froms our daily lives can be upcycled into something useful. I have found a way to reuse plastic bottles. I have found this method is great for growing on stem cuts as they will stay moist and when the water runs out you know roots have developed. Step 1. Cut a 2L soda bottle in the middle. Step 2. Turn the top part upside down and... more
Chris Baldwin |
Thursday, 11th June 2015
Over the last couple of years we’ve been renovating our cottage using as many simple and permaculture informed solutions as possible. We have been repairing doors and windows - and to date, have not had to replace any completely. Once the windows and doors had been stripped, repaired and brought back to life we were faced with the question “to... more
Tim Vierhout |
Wednesday, 10th June 2015
I have a wooden chalet and thought it would look nice to have my own outdoor bar at one side and have the BBQ on the other. This project was not completed in one weekend; it took a while to collect all the bottles as I wanted them all to be of the same sort. The lampshades are two terracotta flower pots with 3 Watt LEDs in them. It looks lovely at... more
Omick |
Tuesday, 28th April 2015
Urine separation is an integral component of the Barrel Composting Toilet System. The recommended system for urine diversion is described below. The system consists of two basic assemblies: a urine diverter built into each barrel and a hose to transport urine to an approved drainage system. For outdoor installations, check with your local... more
Cathy Ashley |
Thursday, 23rd April 2015
My plot had always looked unkempt due to the ‘non’ areas amongst the designed and intentional elements. Then I stumbled upon the terms ‘masses and voids’. I realised that the solution is to design the voids; the masses take care of themselves, because they are trees or bushes or rustic duck houses or whatever, which tend to be the nice looking... more
Susan Wakeman - Jardins Educatifs de la Cote |
Wednesday, 15th April 2015
Using your kitchen green wastes as a resource is obvious for any ecologically-minded gardener. What to do though if you don't have space for a compost bin/pile? I have tried out several solutions for homemade vermicompost. This "cold" method of composting is perfect for the average household kitchen, as the worms will process not only the peelings... more
Sally Broughton |
Thursday, 19th March 2015
You'll need a shoebox - or similar - small piece of foil, small piece of white paper, and a sharp knife/scissors :- Step 1. Cut a small hole (about 1 inch across) in one end of the shoe box, near an edge.Step 2. Tape a piece of tinfoil over the hole.Step 3. Using a pin or needle, punch a hole in the centre of the foil.Step 4. Tape a small piece of... more
Bess Miles-Duncan |
Friday, 6th March 2015
It was earlier in the year with a sense of despair I wondered if I would be growing any vegetables at all this year. We were in a temporary home in Yorkshire and there was not much garden at all, just a few rose bushes and our own pots mainly filled with herbs. Yet something shifted and my husband decided to make us some planters with some wood he... more