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Readers' Solutions

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
 
Autumn |
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
The world can’t get enough spice! In 2014, worldwide sales of hot chilli sauces grew by 8.3%, generating $1.72 billion (around £1.1 billion). With experts predicting that sales will skyrocket to over $2.5 billion (around £1.6 billion) in 2020, it’s time to turn up the heat... What’s in a chilli? The Scoville scale The Scoville scale is used to... more
 
Chris Hope |
Wednesday, 30th September 2015
Some plants seem to be our constant companions, no matter where we live. Often, they will also be some of our really useful species. It will soon become clear that the common mallow (Malva sylvestris) is one of these plants. Rather than being looked upon as a weed, the mallows can be more usefully described as some of our gloriously abundant plant... more
 
Dafydd Monks |
Thursday, 3rd September 2015
As many who forage for wild food will know, the hedgerows and verges are laden with an abundant harvest of fruit and edible produce at this time of year; literally bent over double with the weight of fruit and berries. But there is another, equally rewarding harvest ripe for the picking over the next month or two – wild medicines that you can... more
 
Paul Wheaton - richsoil.com |
Friday, 17th July 2015
Stinging nettles are often thought of as a weed, but they have many health and nutritious benefits as well as being easy to grow or forage. The basics They lose their sting in the first 30 seconds of cooking. They have more protein than any other edible plant I know of. They will satisfy my hamburger cravings. Harvest for eating before they are... more
 
Steve Golemboski-Byrne |
Tuesday, 14th July 2015
When we built our timber framed classroom last year, one of the concerns was how best to heat it. We are entirely reliant on woodfuel here, and a regular woodburner was going to make a big dent in our precious wood pile. Then I saw a rocket mass heater in Permaculture magazine, and it seemed the perfect solution. For those who haven’t encountered... more
 
Chris Hope |
Wednesday, 24th June 2015
Ground ivy is such a beautiful and useful herb, often overlooked. Even with its gorgeous flowers, this plant produces mixed feelings from gardeners, for sometimes taking over where it's not wanted. But hopefully after reading this, it can be allowed to roam in your permaculture plot, where it will yield more than just its food and medicine.... more
 
Lisbeth Larose |
Monday, 22nd June 2015
It’s no secret that technology changes the way we live each day. Good news is it simplifies our lives so much, one could say we hold the world in our pockets. I am a keen gardener and have been testing out a range off apps that help in the garden. It doesn’t matter whether you are curious or looking for garden solutions, the following are... more
 
Oscar Cifuentes |
Saturday, 13th June 2015
Many things froms our daily lives can be upcycled into something useful. I have found a way to reuse plastic bottles. I have found this method is great for growing on stem cuts as they will stay moist and when the water runs out you know roots have developed. Step 1. Cut a 2L soda bottle in the middle. Step 2. Turn the top part upside down and... more
 
Chris Baldwin |
Thursday, 11th June 2015
Over the last couple of years we’ve been renovating our cottage using as many simple and permaculture informed solutions as possible. We have been repairing doors and windows - and to date, have not had to replace any completely. Once the windows and doors had been stripped, repaired and brought back to life we were faced with the question “to... more
 

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