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Permaculture magazine |
Friday, 28th March 2014
A new style of shelter has been produced by architect and designer, Abeer Seikaly. The collapsable shelter is made from a woven fabric, which can easily be destructed to make it mobile. The outer skin absorbs solar energy which is converted into usable electricity and the inner skin includes many pockets which can be used for storage. There is a... more
 
Rozie Apps |
Friday, 21st March 2014
For those who live in urban environments, growing space is often limited. Growing vertically is a great way to make the most of the space you do have. Here are five easy ways to help you grow your own fruits and vegetables in small spaces. 1. Create a salad tower It is possible to buy vertical planters online or from nurseries and garden centres,... more
 
Kate Fox |
Wednesday, 19th March 2014
My partner Andy and I recently made the move to living off grid after selling our conventional town house in March 2013. This is something we have wanted to do for several years; we were trying to live a low impact lifestyle whilst connected to mains water, gas and electricity and finding ourselves paying much more money in standing charges than... more
 
Anni Kelsey |
Monday, 17th March 2014
The glorious early days of spring – light, bright and filled with hope and promise, send many of us rushing outside to begin sowing and planting. I relish the opportunities presented at this time of year, however as there are so many different things I could grow and space is limited I have to choose carefully. I want to use the space available to... more
 
Patrick Whitefield |
Wednesday, 12th March 2014
It's nearly the end of March and I haven't sown a seed yet. I reckon that here in the south of England early April is about right. I used to rush to get them in early so as to make the harvesting season longer. But over the years I've learnt that a more relaxed attitude often gives better results.Seeds sown too early, often in a warm spell, can... more
 
Carl Legge |
Monday, 3rd March 2014
With this simple dish you make the most of sweet seasonal roots and the robust taste of winter leaves. Easy to cook in just one pot: it's on your plate in just 15 minutes from the first ingredient hitting the water. And you get a grand flavoured stock to use for soup as a by product. It's a very healthy dish, with lots of fibre from the veg and... more
 
Deano Martin |
Friday, 28th February 2014
I have been intrigued by the idea of a hotbed for years, but the trigger for this project was reading Hot Beds by Jack First. This book is a great little resource, packed full of information on how to make a hotbed, and what to grow in one once made. Having put up a decent sized polytunnel (hoop house) last Summer, I've been waiting for the right... more
 
Rozie Apps |
Friday, 14th February 2014
Utility bills are continually on the rise and it is getting more expensive to maintain a warm and healthy home. There are a wide range of solutions to making your home warmer and more energy efficient, but a lot of these can either be too expensive or, if you rent, not an option. Our favourite way to keep warm without using too much electricity is... more
 
Crystal Stevens |
Sunday, 9th February 2014
Permaculture is alive with possibilities of positive change. While my husband and I have always dreamed of getting our permaculture certifications, our finances and inability to spend a month away from our children have prevented us from doing so. But that does not imply that we are incapable of bringing visions of permaculture into fruition in... more
 
Andy Hunt |
Friday, 7th February 2014
I use 'Miller's Magic', a biodynamic flour produced by the watermill at Little Salkeld in Cumbria. It is a mixture of wheat and rye flour, which is good for making sourdough as apparently the yeast which naturally occurs on rye grains is the best for sourdough bread. The usual method for sourdough is to first make a 'starter'. Take a few teaspoons... more
 
Patrick Whitefield |
Thursday, 23rd January 2014
The wind may be howling, the rain may be sheeting down and the garden may look bare and bedraggled, but now is the time to think about buying seeds, before the rush starts. The first step is to decide what you want to grow next year and see what seeds you have in stock. You may find that you don’t have to buy very much. There’s usually more than... more
 
Juliet Kemp |
Monday, 20th January 2014
You may live in a tiny flat or have no more outside space than a windowbox. You may even only have an indoor windowsill available. But it’s still worth getting yourself a container and some compost, and growing just a little food of your very own. I won’t talk here about getting hold of a container or compost, but bear in mind that Freecycle and... more
 

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