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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
 
Deano Martin |
Monday, 30th September 2013
This is a sumptuous book, with a lovely hard cover, and beautiful pictures. Thankfully, my enjoyment of it didn't end there. After a very short introduction to plant biology, and a useful guide to preparing biennial seed crops, the book launches... more
 
Rozie Apps |
Monday, 16th September 2013
On Thursday evening I found myself on Oxford Street opposite the biggest Primark store in the country. To my left and right on both sides of this busy street are bright shop windows filled with clothes, shoes, jewelry and hundreds of items these... more
 
John Adams |
Tuesday, 10th September 2013
Such is the popularity of the BioLite Camp Stove that I have had to wait six months to get my hands on one to review. First impressions are of a tidy, well thought out design that oozes quality (right). For those of you who are new to this product,... more
 
Fiona Sanderson |
Monday, 26th August 2013
‘Contrary’ is a word that has followed Gene Logsdon; several of his previous books consider how to be a ‘contrary farmer’ and lead a ‘contrary life’. I suspect many of us can identify with the benefits and comforts of being contrary. Taking another... more
 
Rozie Apps |
Monday, 19th August 2013
"While we tend to think of money as the prime mover of the economy, in fact it is energy that gets things done. More and cheap energy translates to a more complex society with a growing economy; less energy, and more expensive energy, translates to... more
 

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