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John Yeoman |
Thursday, 26th March 2020
Out of the many hundred edible British foods detailed in the best 'wild plant' guides, just these 12 will provide all you truly need, and more, for a continual fresh food supply. The advantage these 12 have over their 400 edible wild cousins is abundance, resilience, versatility and ease of recognition.  Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Compared... more
 
Frugi |
Tuesday, 17th March 2020
UK organic children's clothing brand, Frugi, have created a free downloadable pack of artwork to keep kids occupied at home and away from screens. Wether your kids are home due to illness or in self-isolation, keep them entertained and their creative juices flowing with these beautiful and fun activities. From Mother's Day cards and Wordsearches,... more
 
Rebecca Smith |
Wednesday, 22nd January 2020
I live in Norway, at 60 degrees north, where the growing season is short due to our latitude. However, I live on the coast where the climate is mild relative to the rest of Norway. It is comparable to Denmark or northern Scotland. Every January, like many gardeners in the northern hemisphere, I get the itch to sow and grow. I sow what I can into... more
 
Gary Parker |
Tuesday, 19th November 2019
If you want to create a suitable environment for a seating area, garden building, vegetable plot or other growing area in your outside space, understanding how wind, sun and water behave is crucial to success. High winds can be a problem for some sites. They can make it more challenging to create garden structures and limit the number of crops you... more
 
Margene Whitler Hucek |
Tuesday, 30th July 2019
Swiss chard is a beet that yields large leaves and crunchy stalks rather than an edible root. Long after heat-sensitive spinach and lettuces have bolted and gone to seed, Swiss chard is at its peak. An impressive plant reaching up to two feet in height, Swiss chard, Beta vulgaris, belongs to the same family as spinach and is similar in taste.... more
 
Gary Parker |
Monday, 1st July 2019
There are already plenty of articles out there which describe how to create the perfect, sustainable timber building for your permaculture garden. But there are fewer articles that deal with renovating or overhauling an existing structure.  In this article, therefore, we will take a look at the different ways in which we can make alternations or... more
 
Lusi Alderslowe |
Wednesday, 15th May 2019
The Children in Permaculture project has written many different session plans and activities that can help adults to engage children in permaculture in many different settings. What follows is a description of a way to engage children in a design process of their holidays, although these tools could equally be used by teachers to design a school... more
 
Terroir Seeds, Mother Earth News |
Wednesday, 24th April 2019
Using milk on your compost and in your garden will probably come as a surprise to most. Upon closer inspection, however, it starts to make sense. The amino acids, proteins, enzymes and natural sugars that make milk a food for humans and animals are the same ingredients in nurturing healthy communities of microbes, fungi and beneficial bacteria in... more
 
Karen Noon |
Wednesday, 10th April 2019
After having felled a diseased Lawsons cypress in the middle of our front garden that was planted in the late 1970s, I started to design a useable growing space to replace the tree and the large patch of lawn that surrounded it. Using the tried and tested permaculture design technique of SADIMET I set about creating a design that would be both an... more
 
Laura Pardoe - Field Fresh Skincare |
Friday, 29th March 2019
One of the first plants that appears in abundance in the spring is Cleavers. It’s as if nature is predicting our needs and providing for them, as Cleavers are wonderful for cleansing – inside and out, a great addition to a Spring detox. Cleavers Galium apaçine Commonly known as goosegrass, sticky weed, or ‘organic sellotape’. Another name, ‘... more
 
Suzi Martineau, TreeSisters |
Wednesday, 6th March 2019
As women-led global reforestation charity TreeSisters prepare to launch their worldwide ‘Sing for the Trees’ campaign for International Women’s Day, Friday 8 March, Suzi Martineau, Education & Partnerships Coordinator for TreeSisters, introduces 10 leading women’s networks collaborating to support the Earth, demonstrating the remarkable scale... more
 
Laura Flora Snow |
Monday, 25th February 2019
If you love fresh green onions, and have difficulty finding them in winter, you can easily grow green onion microgreens quickly indoors, without a trip to the grocer. Just plant the small bulblets, water, place in a sunny spot, and let nature do the rest. This type of onion is recommended for everyone! Early Utah pioneers used them for seasoning... more
 

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