Maddy Harland |
Monday, 30th June 2014
The NM Tree and Garden Center located in Rio Rancho, New Mexico has discovered that Monsanto is buying heirloom seed companies. They are also buying the trademarks to a number of heirloom seeds. This means that you may think you are supporting an heirloom seed company but in reality the company is owned by Monsanto. The seeds themselves are still... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 19th June 2014
Charlie is a young man with a young family. Like many people, he couldn't afford to buy a house in Britain. For 4 years, his partner Megan and him lived in a damp caravan but with a baby on the way, he decided to take his life into his own hands and build what is one of the finest, most beautiful examples of a low impact roundhouse with a... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 16th June 2014
We grow bamboo. The idea mainly is to eat it. It needs to be cut when it is about 60cm (2 ft) high. If you leave it longer it is too fibrous so you need to pick the shoots young, peel them and steam them. They are very sweet and delicious. Inevitably my bamboo gets away as it grows so fast so every year I harvest and dry the canes flat and then... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 27th May 2014
Some years ago I visited Rebecca Hosking and Tim Green on the farm and saw their raised bed veggie garden. Tim had woven hazel domes over the beds to grow squashes upwards rather than have them trailing on the ground. There are definite advantages to this idea. Firstly, the young squashes have a better chance of getting away as they climb a... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 8th May 2014
Imagine your ancestors feeding upon foraged and home-grown foods and living life ‘in the round’, in traditional houses. Now you are consigned to a high rise flat in the middle of a place where seasonal, local, organic food is unheard of. Processed sugar and chemically altered plants are all that is available to you. It’s a sorry tale of... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 5th May 2014
I have owned copper rings for years and use them to protect tender plants from slug attack. Apparently the slugs loath touching copper because the metal reacts with their slime and creates a mild electric current. It gives them an electric shock which repels them. This method works as well in the wet as it the dry, is 100% effective, and doesn't... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Saturday, 19th April 2014
At the beginning of spring I look out over the garden and see our no dig veggie beds, weed free and mulched with home-made compost, the fruit trees pruned, and new trees planted to add to the forest garden. The snowdrops have pushed through the frost and the birdsong has intensified telling me the birds are nest building. As I watch the natural... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 3rd April 2014
A new study has found that a number of commonly used pesticides are far more dangerous to humans than we have been led to believe. The study undertaken by a team in France1 looked at nine pesticides, three fungicides, insecticides and herbicides, including two neonicotinoids and Roundup, the most frequently used pesticide worldwide. There were... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Sunday, 23rd March 2014
Joanna Macy has been helping me look unflinchingly into the face of our global ecological crisis and not give up or burn out for years. I have taken great heart from The Work That Reconnects (WTR), the radical empowerment process she has pioneered, and would recommend it to anyone feeling desperate about the state of the world. Now Joanna has... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 6th March 2014
Charles Dowding is the master of No Dig gardening. Tim and I were lucky enough to visit him in late autumn and not only enjoy learning how he gardens (he is a dedicated experimenter), we also got to eat an entire three course meal from the garden in November. It was delicious. We were so inspired that when Charles told us about this new video, we... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 24th February 2014
Every time we log on to Facebook or view other social media we are likely to see distressing photographs of homeless Orangutans driven out of rainforest habitats by the global demand for palm oil plantations followed by equally homeless tribal people. It doesn’t have to be like this and Francisco Van der Hoff Boersma (Father Frans), the co-founder... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 21st February 2014
In 2008, the celebrated scientist, James Lovelock, said global warming is irreversible and we should now focus on enjoying life because planting trees, recycling and other eco-activities are a 'waste of time'. From December to February 2014, Britain has experienced the wettest winter in over 100 years. The mainstream media and politicians are... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 15th January 2014
The East (2013) is an indie thriller directed by Zal Batmanglij, about eco-terrorism, surveillance and corporate ecocide. Sarah (Brit Marling) becomes an operative for an elite private intelligence firm based in Washington D.C. who is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. She... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 3rd January 2014
Last November I had the privilege of visiting no dig gardeners Steph Hafferty and Charles Dowding at Charles' house in Somerset. We had a tour of his market garden which was only set up in early 2013 yet was beautifully productive in our English late autumn. Then we retired to his passive solar conservatory and ate a delicious lunch, all out of... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Saturday, 14th December 2013
At Permaculture magazine, we believe that the best way to demonstrate that a better world is possible is to live it, regardless of whether governments and politicians are listening, and it seems that the majority are not. This is an intensely frustrating and anxious time for those who are worried about climate change. Earlier this year we hit 400... more
 

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