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Readers' Solutions

Cathy Ashley |
Thursday, 23rd April 2015
My plot had always looked unkempt due to the ‘non’ areas amongst the designed and intentional elements. Then I stumbled upon the terms ‘masses and voids’. I realised that the solution is to design the voids; the masses take care of themselves, because they are trees or bushes or rustic duck houses or whatever, which tend to be the nice looking... more
 
Susan Wakeman - Jardins Educatifs de la Cote |
Wednesday, 15th April 2015
Using your kitchen green wastes as a resource is obvious for any ecologically-minded gardener. What to do though if you don't have space for a compost bin/pile? I have tried out several solutions for homemade vermicompost. This "cold" method of composting is perfect for the average household kitchen, as the worms will process not only the peelings... more
 
Sally Broughton |
Thursday, 19th March 2015
You'll need a shoebox - or similar - small piece of foil, small piece of white paper, and a sharp knife/scissors :- Step 1. Cut a small hole (about 1 inch across) in one end of the shoe box, near an edge.Step 2. Tape a piece of tinfoil over the hole.Step 3. Using a pin or needle, punch a hole in the centre of the foil.Step 4. Tape a small piece of... more
 
Bess Miles-Duncan |
Friday, 6th March 2015
It was earlier in the year with a sense of despair I wondered if I would be growing any vegetables at all this year. We were in a temporary home in Yorkshire and there was not much garden at all, just a few rose bushes and our own pots mainly filled with herbs. Yet something shifted and my husband decided to make us some planters with some wood he... more
 
Bryn Thomas - Brighton Permaculture Trust |
Wednesday, 4th March 2015
For several years we have been turning waste fruit from local orchards and people's homes into delicious produce such as jams, chutneys, and juices at pop-up scrumping events. Along the way, we've had a brilliant time. Seeing people come together around food (from orchard to harvest, from production to consumption) has been a real insight into... more
 
Kirsten - Milkwood |
Friday, 27th February 2015
The thing about farming on the small is that big machines just don't make sense, and often aren't affordable to your small, regenerative farming enterprise anyway. And yet, once you've brought 18 beds to a fine tilth to plant your precious carrots using hand tools alone, you could be forgiven for longing for the efficiency that machines, gizmos... more
 
Rebecca Hosking |
Monday, 23rd February 2015
We find quite a bit of badger activity on the farm. Most common being footprints, diggings in our pasture or, as Dave calls them, 'snuffle holes' and badger paths. We have some incredibly well worn badger paths across our pasture and it seems it doesn't matter what we do in our fields the badgers will always walk that direct same path. Why is this... more
 
Rozie Apps |
Friday, 20th February 2015
Rocket mass heaters are an innovative cross between a rocket stove and a masonry heater. Using a tenth less fuel that a conventional woodburner, a rocket mass heater converts the burn of hot gases that rise from the fire into heat, as well as the heat from released steam and carbon dioxide. The rocket mass heater is an efficient and clean method... more
 
Jonathan Powell |
Wednesday, 18th February 2015
In the latest issue of Permaculture magazine (PM83) Jonathan Powell explores the ancient practice of beekeeping - low intervention and using a living tree. Here he explains how you can use a log as a hive, even if you don't have a tree the right size.  Not everybody has a forest with trees of 80cm (30in) diameter in their back garden, so... more
 
Rebecca Hosking |
Saturday, 14th February 2015
One of the many reasons we are planting 1000s of different trees on the farm is to grow foliage for food for our animals. Back before we had the Enclosures Act in the UK, animals would be free (albeit with a shepherd or herdsman) to roam the land picking and choosing what they preferred to eat and thus giving themselves a wonderfully balanced diet... more
 
Abundant Permaculture |
Thursday, 12th February 2015
A tractor trailer dropped off a pallet of organic feed onto my tiny dock. This cost me $800 and would only last 3 months. I had organized a feed co-op to save $2 a bag which brought my 50 pound bag of organic feed to $34. That was the fall of 2013 and it ended up being the last time I ever bought commercial feed for my flock. Here I'll talk about... more
 
Rebecca Hosking |
Tuesday, 10th February 2015
We are purposely placing large fallen tree trunks in our most windswept fields. You would be right to ask why?! Ever since these fields were first created in the Bronze Age over 2,000 years ago, generations of farmers have been slowly emptying out all the trees, shrubs, stones, rocks, ponds, streams, marshes and most of their natural vegetation. ... more
 

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