Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 13th November 2014
This month we (Permanent Publications) are publishing The Vegan Book of Permaculture by permaculture teacher and author and our good friend, Graham Burnett. As publishers of Meat by Simon Fairlie and supporters and promoters of Regenerative Agriculture you are would be justified in asking: Why are we promoting veganism? This is why. I believe... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 9th October 2014
Ever needed a post box but balked at the price? Whilst on holiday in Connemara out on the west coast of Ireland, I came across a wonderful idea for repurposing a microwave oven. It is so simple. It consisted of a pole, with a platform on which the microwave sits. The pole is stabilised by two cross slats. I came across this ingenuous reuse of an... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 23rd September 2014
We recently published Looby Macnamara's second book, 7 Ways to Think Differently. This little book is like good medicine - it is potent - it goes a long way. I couldn't attend the book launch at the UK Permaculture Convergence because my better half, Tim, was recovering from an operation so I wrote a short speech about how thinking shapes our... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 17th September 2014
I love blackberries - straight off the vine from the juicy hybrid variety in my garden or out of the hedgerow opposite - on to my breakfast muesli or in a crumble. But if time eludes you here is a recipe for blackberry liqueur that is so quick and easy even the most time poor person can fit it in! Ingredients All you need is: A litre (2.2 pint)... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 11th September 2014
We planted a Shropshire damson in our hedgerow over 20 years ago and allowed it to grow into a standard. On my side of the hedge it competes with a particuarly productive Kentish cobnut and so the damson grows tall above the hedge, making it hard to harvest. My neighbour has allowed the tree to grow unpruned and its laden boughs droop low into her... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 17th July 2014
I first came across the idea of Hobo Stoves made from a simple tin can on YouTube. I loved the idea of turning a useless tin can into a DIY cooking stove so I made one myself. It was OK, it worked but I did need to modify it to make it draw effectively. Now the people who make Kelly Kettles have come up with a more refined version. The beauty of... more
 
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
 

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