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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
 
Laura Pardoe - Field Fresh Skincare |
Wednesday, 9th January 2019
Marshmallow is a wonderful ingredient to use in skincare, such as this Marshmallow Hand Cream recipe. You can read more about its skin-loving properties here. It’s a star ingredient in Field Fresh Skincare’s award-winning Marshmallow Dream Cream. This has a double dose of marshmallow: it starts with a marshmallow infusion which is added to a blend... more
 
Laura Pardoe - Field Fresh Skincare |
Monday, 7th January 2019
When your skin feels dry you need look no further than a simple apple for help. Apples can help give your skin a boost when used in a nurturing face mask. It’s good to use ingredients in your mask that grow in your climate. Fruit is often a good option as many contain AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) which help break down the gluey substance that holds... more
 
Robert Woods |
Thursday, 22nd November 2018
Aquaponics systems have become more and more popular over the last few years, and there’s no surprise why. This method of growing food is completely organic; it uses the fishes waste to grow the plants as well as having numerous other benefits. It reduces the amount of water needed to growing plants in comparison to other traditional gardening... more
 
Claire Woods |
Monday, 15th October 2018
Winter can be a demanding time for both chickens and chicken owners. However there are several things you can do to prepare for winter which will make both you, and your chickens’ life, much easier. Keep reading to learn the four key steps to preparing your flock for winter. Step 1: Get Your Coop Ready The first thing you need to do is prepare... more
 
Lorraine Casserly |
Thursday, 4th October 2018
When I walk into the small market town where I live I am constantly struck by the amount of free food I pass that's available to me. Fruit, nuts and salads are plentiful. All I need is a keen eye, an open mind and a willingness to try and put some free food on the table each week. In late summer there are apples, blackberries and elderberries... more
 
Matthew Douglas |
Friday, 21st September 2018
In 2015 I began the task of building a three bedroom cabin for myself and my family, with limited building experience and a small budget. The experience has changed my life and has gifted me with new skills, new perspective and some useful tips for anyone wishing to attempt something similar. The aim of the project was to build an off grid, low... more
 
Martin Holme |
Monday, 30th July 2018
For many years I have wanted an eco-house in the country but as I live in the southeast of England where property prices are so high, this is a long-term plan. My home is a fairly standard semi-detached house. There are lots of things that can be done to reduce carbon emissions but many initiatives cost quite a bit of money. The more I spend here... more
 

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