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Reviews

Deano Martin |
Friday, 10th January 2014
This book has been written by a practical and innovative permaculturist with the benefit of time spent ‘staying’ in one place. (In fact he writes that ‘staying seems to be one of the key ingredients to a resilient and adaptive culture’.) As a result... more
 
Vicky Gould |
Tuesday, 7th January 2014
After reading this book, I felt I wanted to come out of retirement and help put all the ideas outlined in this book into developing gardens in schools! It is so full of inspiring ideas and illustrations and it takes you through all the ideas slowly... more
 
Joan Bailey |
Sunday, 29th December 2013
Edible Cities aims to inspire urban residents to incorporate nature, preferably the edible variety, into their lives. The authors, ardent permaculturists inspired by their study with Sepp Holzer (who also wrote the foreword to the book) believe that... more
 
John Adams and Rozie Apps |
Monday, 25th November 2013
We have been using Kelly Kettles for years, but I thought we should try one of the new stainless steel sets. We used an SS Scout Kelly Kettle Set.  We heated beans on the top while the water was boiling for tea and then cooked sausages over the... more
 
Deano Martin |
Monday, 25th November 2013
This is an excellent book which concentrates on the mineral content of soils. In it the author makes the case for growing nutrient dense food, critiques a compost only growing strategy, describes what different minerals do for plants, and then... more
 
Michael Hutchinson |
Friday, 22nd November 2013
As I write this, news reports talk of a projected 4-5% rise in house prices, taking the average house price to £162,000 and making buying that first home even more difficult, assuming anyone can get a mortgage that is.  But perhaps there is an... more
 
John Adams and Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 19th November 2013
Over the years I have tried most ways of making compost but I have never found one that really suited my requirements until Maddy showed me her Hotbin. I was really impressed that it worked even in winter, how quickly it made compost (about 90 days... more
 
Rozie Apps |
Wednesday, 6th November 2013
It is fairly frequent that predictions of what our world will be like in 30, 40, 50 years are scary, depressing, pessimistic and devastating. We are always hearing how through greed and human neglect of the planet, future generations will suffer.... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 31st October 2013
The Razor Edge Spoon Carving Set reviewed in PM75 proved very popular but there is more to woodcarving than just spoons so I was pleased to find the Razor Edge Combi Blade Carving Kit. This has a curved gouge and a V gouge instead of the hooked... more
 
Patrick Whitefield |
Monday, 7th October 2013
I devoured this book like a novel. It's not just a good gardening book but also a personal story and written in a readable style. It's about a forest garden, almost certainly the first and probably still the best example in North America. But it's... more
 

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