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Janet Renouf-Miller |
Monday, 1st November 2010
With the help of a bit of cover, and carefully selected varieties of seeds, it is possible to grow vegetables and herbs all year round in the United Kingdom, and presumably therefore in other temperate countries that have frosty winters.In my corner of Scotland, away from the sea and up in the hills, there is only one month of the year that can be... more
 
John Adams |
Tuesday, 26th October 2010
The Solar Mate 1 consist of a 5W rigid solar panel, a 9W 12volt long life bulb, bulb holder, wall switch, cables fuses, etc. Everything you need to set up a mini off grid lighting system in a stable, shed or polytunnel, except a 35-70Ah, 12volt leisure battery (I got mine from www.alpha-batteries.co.uk). The system is easy to rig up, though I... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 20th October 2010
A dear friend of mine who spent much time in the beautiful Western Isles of Scotland once told me a story about the Queen. HMS Britannia was on its annual summer voyage with its royal passengers and stopped at a small bay one quiet afternoon. The Queen disembarked and waved away her bodyguards and other familiars and set off for a rare walk on her... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 6th October 2010
Ah, autumn is well and truly here. The gooseberries, currants, greengages, plums and figs have all been eaten. We’ve feasted on berries and succulent fruits like Brown Turkey figs and Oullin’s golden gages, as exotic as mangoes. Though the evenings are getting shorter, the pleasure isn’t over yet. This is one of the real joys of the permaculture... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 7th September 2010
My feet haven't touched the ground in the last few days. On Saturday I went with Ben Law and Tim to launch Ben's new book Roundwood Timber Framing at the Weald and Downland Museum in Sussex. It was the museum's 40th birthday and they put on a great English country fair event with acrobats, vintage cars, horticultural competitions, crafts and of... more
 
Simon Fairlie |
Wednesday, 1st September 2010
For about 10 years I lived in a community which (since the comments I make here can apply to other similar permaculture settlements) I don't need to name and will call Happy Valley. There were many things I liked about the place, but one of the aspects that I found difficult was the collective diet. There was no prohibition on eating meat; but... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 26th August 2010
This week I had an unexpected windfall. I got a text after work from Imogen (assistant editor at Permaculture) saying that her local Co-op were about to throw out loads of cartons of strawberries – too many for her jam making activities – and she couldn't bear it. Would I like some? She could just about manage 7.5kg on the bus the next day. 7.5kg... more
 
John Adams, Imogen Oxley, Pete Cooper |
Tuesday, 10th August 2010
While the summer sun is still with us I thought I would update you with our experiences of using a range of solar generation products. One of the most popular has to be the tiny Freeloader Pico. This is a very neat 800mA charger/power supply for mobile phones, Mp3 players, etc. It can recharge itself in 10 hours in sunshine or can be topped up... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Sunday, 8th August 2010
At this time of year the forest garden is beginning to burgeon with top fruit.   Asian pear, apple with perennial kale and comfrey as undercover   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... more
 
Trish MacCurrach |
Wednesday, 4th August 2010
Trish MacCurrach, an experienced year-round outdoor cook, spends much of this time of year thinking up new vegetable recipes for the Kotlich (a wood-fired Eastern European hanging cooking pan) and new places to take it to cook. The greenery in my vegetable patch is positively jungle-like. Despite the lack of rain, ‘mange tout’ and broad beans are... more
 

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