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Jessie Bernard |
Monday, 12th September 2011
Judging from the wonderful crowd we encountered at the London Permaculture fair last July, Permaculture Magazine readers are already well aware of agroforestry (planting trees amongst crops to naturally stabilise and boost production) and the benefits it can bring. Perhaps you even practise it yourself, in which case you will be interested in the... more
 
Simon Watkins |
Wednesday, 7th September 2011
Having rattled the cage of the gravel-bound back garden, it's time to turn my attention to the front. If the suffocated soil and dry shade of the back represented a challenge, the front looks like a fool's errand. I'm bequeathed a tidy, concrete-slabbed driveway long enough and wide enough to host four medium sized cars. But since renouncing... more
 
Nicola Didsbury |
Thursday, 1st September 2011
Our adventure starts at base camp, not far from Ivalo, at a campsite on the shore of Lake Inari, in Lapland, northern Finland. The plan is to train how to kayak for 2 days then take off into the wilderness, deepening my shamanic practice and learning wilderness skills. That first evening we sit in circle and introduce ourselves, answering how we... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Sunday, 28th August 2011
I love camping and cooking outdoors and try to get outside all year round. I use some wonderful gear for cooking outside in all seasons (see my third Connemara Dreaming blog) and it also comes in very handy when the power goes down at home, usually when we have deep snow. Last winter we lost power for most of three days but enjoyed cooking inside... more
 
Rebecca Gibbs |
Saturday, 20th August 2011
We are currently staying at Monkton Wyld Court and I've decided, having sat/crouched on a few, that they could well have the finest compost bog in the country. "Such a bold claim" I hear permies far and wide protest. Well, you show us yours and here (courtesy of Lynden) is a bit about theirs: locally sourced (1/4 mile) and cut larch construction... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 19th August 2011
My father was born in India two years after WW1. His father was a doctor and, having survived Gallipoli, went on to serve in the Indian Army. His mother had witnessed the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916. They were both Irish and had romantically eloped. Grandfather, as the legend went, had played rugby for Ireland but he wasn't good enough for my... more
 
Tim Green |
Wednesday, 17th August 2011
Well, if you're reading this piece hoping to glean some new facts or incisive reasoning to back up your already firmly held belief that culling badgers or not culling badgers is the right or wrong thing to do then I'm afraid you will be disappointed. In fact, the following summation of the problem as I see it will probably make you angry. Badgers... more
 
Simon Watkins |
Tuesday, 16th August 2011
It's a dreach Saturday in early May when I host a session of the "gardening together" group in Coventry – a group which has spluttered into existence like the unconvincing but untimely rain which is now dampening our enthusiasm for doing anything practical outside when there are coffee and muffins to devour and conversation to be had indoors. But... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 4th August 2011
We love camping and especially in the wilds or on modest campsites with few facilities, good people, lots of wildlife and wonderful views. We got all of these in abundance at Acton's Eco-Caravan and Campsite Park reviewed in my first 'Connemara Dreaming' blog. This blog is about some of the equipment we took with us and tested. Some of it we sell... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 2nd August 2011
We like making jams and chutneys to give as presents and for our larder. The first fruits to come are plums, closely followed by Oulin's Golden gage, an exquisitely juicy fruit. I usually pick early in the morning when the fruit is soft and before the wasps are too active. Making plum or gage jam couldn't be easier. Plum Jam Ingredients: 4.6... more
 

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