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Lucy Purdy |
Friday, 15th June 2012
Overlooking the tranquil waters of Kenya’s Lake Victoria and nestling under the comforting bulk of Mount Homa, the town of Homa Bay appears at first glance an untroubled and peaceful community. The men drag their wooden boats down to the water, the once-bright paintwork now chipped and faded by the relentless sun, and bring back Nile perch and... more
 
Ludwig Appeltans |
Tuesday, 12th June 2012
There are many tips about how to fight these invertebrates circulating around allotments and gardens – some are fables, some are more effective than others. The reality is that no single thing does the trick. In short, the solution is to create an ecosystem in your garden that will help to create a balance. A plague is caused by an imbalance, a... more
 
Steve Green |
Wednesday, 6th June 2012
From Ford City Community Garden, located on Drouillard Road, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, I can see the automotive 'business trees' of Detroit, Michigan, stretching out from their concrete roots along the riverside. Some of them are vacant, have been for years. And some of them are occupied, hanging onto economic hope, watching over us with... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Sunday, 3rd June 2012
I gave my neighbour aka The Jam Queen 2kg of rhubarb yesterday and she made rhubarb and ginger jam. Delicious. Today to compare I made rhubarb and vanilla jam. Both have the refreshing sharpness of rhubarb and the complexity of the spice but are different. The vanilla makes for a smooth taste, the ginger is even more exotic (I'll make that in a... more
 
Sarah Smith |
Tuesday, 29th May 2012
We had been given a beautifully etched map of the woods... we navigated around an ancient oak, climbed over roots, ran through clearings and splashed through puddles... we were trying to find our way to the Top Secret Area... My crew consisted of six lively 8-11 year olds. Earlier that day when they arrived at the outdoor residential centre they... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 22nd May 2012
Our one third acre garden started life as a permaculture design on paper before it was made, but 20 years later Tim and I are erring more and more on letting nature take its course and as well as experimentation. Our vegetable patch is an example. We sow winter vegetables in August, eat them well into late Spring, pull out what has gone over or... more
 
Rebecca Hosking |
Friday, 18th May 2012
Around the home and garden you may know it as Miracle-gro®, Phostrogen®, Baby bio®, Growmore® or by one of its other fertile names. On the farm its many forms may be referred to as 'super triple phosphate', Nitram®, '20:10:10', just 'nitrogen' or – rather euphemistically – fertilizer. On our farm it's simply known as NPK, the acronym of this... more
 
Rémy Bacher |
Tuesday, 8th May 2012
Mulching potato plants with straw is a method well known to us, in the world of permaculture. But the question of whether "to dig or not to dig" is not black and white. Certainly, conventional cultivation of potatoes requires a great deal of work (preparing the soil and visiting the potato patch to earth up the growing plants) but it also has its... more
 
Richard Perkins |
Friday, 4th May 2012
We are now a month into our epic global family film journey documenting active and replicable solutions in all areas of permaculture design. Our recent trip to the Plukrijp community made a strong impression on us. Situated in Schriek, Belgium, this small farm has developed into a thriving community hub over the last few years and offers solutions... more
 
Richard Perkins |
Wednesday, 2nd May 2012
A month into our epic family global film trip and we arrive at the beautiful and incredible Ferme biologique du Bec Hellouin, an experimental organic farm being adapted according to Permaculture principles. Bec Hellouin is home to Charles and Perrine Herve-Gruyer. The farmyard buildings are mostly new, yet built with such sympathy for the... more
 

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