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Katie Shepherd |
Tuesday, 14th January 2014
At this time of year here in the Yorkshire Dales, (when there isn't deep snow on the ground!), much upland farm land has plenty of evidence of mole activity (i.e. lots of mole hills!), and this year in particular, the moles are in abundance. For many farmers (and gardeners) moles are seen as a pest. The 'hills' of soil inhibit precious grass... more
 
Jackie Brigden |
Friday, 10th January 2014
Here's how I solve the problem of leaving baby peppers in the window sill propogator. Not an LED grow bulb in sight! Firstly use recycled card behind the propagator. This one is heated at the base. Cover it in kitchen foil to reflect the light.  This means the seedlings do not grow forward towards the window but grow straighter, avoiding turning... more
 
Rozie Apps |
Saturday, 7th December 2013
Christmas tends to cost a lot of money - there's the food, presents and decorations.  Here at the Sustainability Centre where Permaculture magazine is based, we have a beautiful Christmas tree in the foyer, which has been made from recycled and reused items, making it completely FREE! Julie who made the tree and decorations, didn't want to buy a... more
 
Tactical Intelligence |
Wednesday, 20th November 2013
After a crazy week when half a million people visited our site to check out the video, 'How to Heat Your Room for 8 Pence a Day', we thought you would appreciate a refinement of this idea that generates even more heat from a candle by increasing the thermal mass within the first pot. Please share this page too so that those who saw the first post... more
 
Rozie Apps |
Friday, 1st November 2013
Hot compost is a quick and easy way to get through your waste. A hot compost pile can reach temperatures of 49-77 degrees Celsius (120-170 degrees Fahrenheit) in just a few days, and if you get it right, you can compost your organic matter in around four weeks. You can even use these high temperatures to heat your water, home or greenhouse. The... more
 
Gail Harland |
Wednesday, 30th October 2013
Pumpkin seeds are a superfood. Not only are they full of vitamins, they can help with Seasonal Defective Disorder (SAD). So if you are carving pumpkins this week, here are two ways of preparing them.  Top ones were marinated in soya sauce. Bottom ones in garlic powder, smoked paprika and cayenne nom nom nom Step 1. Carve an awesome pumpkin. Step 2... more
 
Fergus Drennan |
Monday, 28th October 2013
This rosehip based soup is one of my favourite autumn and winter warmers. It is also one of only a few soups that I find works equally well, if not better, raw. The chilli pepper creates the heat. Makes two generous portions. Ingredients 250g (1 large) chopped onion 250g (½ lb) peeled and sliced raw beetroot 250g (½ lb) whole, frost-softened... more
 
Glennie Kindred |
Friday, 18th October 2013
The weather is very changeable now, the days shorten and the sun is low in the sky. In between the many beautiful sunny autumn days filled with the bright colours of the turning leaves, there are dark, wet, cold days, when the mists come down and we follow our own need to withdraw, rest and reflect. While you are out walking, keep an eye out for... more
 
Mark Boyle |
Tuesday, 8th October 2013
Rocket stoves are one of many smart ways you can reduce your reliance on imported gas or electricity for your cooking needs, whether it be for tea, soup or eggs. However, like everything, some of the designs and ideas you find on the internet work better than others. I've made rocket stoves out of small and large tin cans in the past, and whilst... more
 
Katy Runacres |
Friday, 20th September 2013
Beekeeping was and still is a very important aspect of European smallholding and farming. I have researched a number of different types of bee house and beekeeping techniques from various regions of Switzerland and also the Black Forest region of South Germany. Beekeeping was vital for many farms and even today lots of families use the products... more
 
Tony Wrench |
Wednesday, 18th September 2013
This week I have been gathering blackberries, raspberries, grapes and elderberries to make into wine. How? Check out Making Raspberry Wine by Tone Wrench here: But I still need the perfect device to mash the fruit before fermenting. A potato masher is very splashy, cumbersome and hard on the hands. So here is the answer - the plunger from a... more
 
Permaculture Magazine |
Friday, 23rd August 2013
With festival season in full swing, we've been spoting lots of inspiring and easy solutions for reusing items. John was recently at Croissant Neuf Summer Party and found this safe and easy way to have a fire. It is especially useful when campfires are not permitted because the ground remains unburnt. A simple solution for camping, festivals or... more
 

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