Readers' Solutions

Claire Roper |
Thursday, 31st March 2016
I am a keen vegetable and herb grower, but also love to forage. Foraging is not only a useful add on but requires none of the investment of growing which can involve heart-breaking failures despite the gardener's very best efforts. In the springtime, the hedgerows and fields abound with nutritious, cleansing leaves, all for free! Here in Cornwall... more
Emma Cooper |
Tuesday, 29th March 2016
If you’re looking for new plants to add diversity and resilience to your kitchen garden, or even to help feed the world, then oca (Oxalis tuberosa) has a lot going for it. It’s grown and used in much the same way as potatoes, but doesn’t fall victim to the dreaded blight. The tubers are attractive, colourful and slightly wrinkled, and store well... more
Harry Burton |
Friday, 29th January 2016
Due to an increasingly serious need, we have decided to create an organization called Apple-holics Anonymous to deal with this addictive epidemic sweeping through the fruit growing networks of the world. People are helpless to control their desire to plant more apple trees. Here are the symptoms that are becoming very obvious and very rampant.... more
Andy Dickson |
Wednesday, 27th January 2016
As an advocate for sustainable transport and an environmentally conscious consumer, I have long been fascinated by the humble bicycle and I am not alone. Sport England's Active People survey recently revealed that over two million adults in England now ride a bike every week, but what greener options are there for alternatives in a sea of... more
Donnachadh McCarthy |
Wednesday, 20th January 2016
Coldest winter day and the sun heats my office. It is the little things in life that can make an ecological campaigner excited! When I replaced my solar electric panels, I had hopes that over the year I would become a net exporter and carbon negative house again. My new solar array is a smallish 2.6kW system as that is all my small roof could take... more
Deborah Mitchener |
Monday, 18th January 2016
I may cause a backlash here from far more experienced seed savers but I just save everything I can and that looks viable. If you have used an F1 variety there is no point as the majority will be sterile, but once you get into saving and swapping anything is possible. To make sure that you can save seed, try buying heritage varieties, or attend a... more
Charles Dowding |
Monday, 4th January 2016
Polytunnels are wonderful structures and good value compared to greenhouses. Once erected they will be there for several years, so check out my tips before buying. I have used polytunnels since 1983 when I bought three, each being 18×55 feet (5.5x17m). They served me well except that their 1in tubes were a little too thin for my exposed site; in a... more
Rebecca Hosking |
Monday, 21st December 2015
Flerding is also dryly called 'multi-species grazing'. The idea behind it is simple.  Nature is diverse and complex and, unlike in farming, there is never a single or monoculture species. Many folks are aware of monoculture crops in agriculture such as an arable crop of wheat or barley or a horticultural field of cabbages. We tend to forget about... more
Lynne Davis, Street Goat |
Monday, 21st December 2015
Street Goat: A different way of thinking about creating our food system.

 Einstein said "You can't solve a problem with the thinking that created it."  

Being Permaculturalists there is one thing that we can all agree on: Our food system needs to change! This is something that we know. We've read the campaigns, the statistics, the facts. For... more
Flo Scott |
Wednesday, 2nd December 2015
Just imagine being able to step out of your back door each day to pick fresh strawberries and red currants to sprinkle on your breakfast, or to gather salads and edible flowers for a large salad lunch, or imagine being able to harvest fresh vegetables just a few paces from the kitchen door each evening to add to your supper. This is the lifestyle... more
Claire Smith |
Tuesday, 24th November 2015
Raising chickens during winter can be a challenging time for backyard chicken owners. With those dark cold mornings and the drop in egg production, it’s no wonder we don’t like this time of year! So I have produced a guide as an aid for all backyard chicken owners, and to answer all your questions about how to care for your chickens during winter... more
Rozie Apps |
Thursday, 5th November 2015
Creating your own natural skin care products can be expensive. A lot of the DIY books give lists of ingredients that you either don't have or cost a lot to buy. So here are a few recipes that are easy to make and won't break the bank. FACE For a simple face wash2 tbsp fine sugar + 1 tbsp olive oilStir together, apply to face, and wipe off with... more