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Cory Brennan |
Monday, 31st January 2011
After receiving reports on the ground, we determined that the major life threatening situations were water and sanitation. There were no city-wide water or sewage systems in place before the earthquake, and water borne disease had always been a problem but in the chaos after the quake, the risk became dire. We knew that resources would be almost... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Saturday, 8th January 2011
There is a treasure in the woods near me: a semi-rotten beech tree that hosts oyster mushroom mycellium. Every year, after a very cold snap (usually in January) the mycellium runs and its fruiting bodies appear. Behold! Sumptuous oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus). Last weekend on our regular walk Tim and I went and checked the tree and saw... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Saturday, 1st January 2011
Happy New Year to you all who kindly read this blog or who have just stumbled upon it. Welcome. The New Year is an opportunity to pause and reflect: What do I want to focus on this year? What do I want to change and how can I better find my joy and be a more effective human being? I don't usually set myself a long, self-critical and impossible... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Saturday, 18th December 2010
Yesterday I went Christmas shopping in my local town, Petersfield. I know I am a bit late in the day but I recently have to switch from being an editor to an elf: our own Green Shopping has been busy this year and our customers always come first. I couldn’t face driving to our nearest city on a Saturday, sitting in queues and then paying an... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 30th November 2010
Earlier this year Tim and I had a call from a BBC producer. Would we like to appear on another programme that wanted to feature permaculture? We are always interested in deepening understanding of the subject, but also wary. It is so easy to trivialise permaculture and wrap it up as an alternative form of organic gardening. We asked how long we... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 18th November 2010
I am still convinced that one of the best ways to save electrical energy in the home is by being able to see how much you are using. If you regularly read this column you will know my favourite monitor is the Owl. It has an easy to read display which my whole family take notice of. Since trying an AlertMe (www.alertme.com), however, which has no... more
 
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
 

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