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Reviews

Annie Levy |
Tuesday, 8th January 2013
We permaculture people practise an optimism in the doing - a discovery of connection and possibility in the systems we foster and nourish and sometimes create, in our gardens and compost bins, in growing, foraging, salvaging and stewarding. For us... more
 
Carl Legge |
Thursday, 13th December 2012
This is a great book for omnivore permaculturalists. Not to be confused with salami dry cured sausages, salumi is the word for Italian salted and cured meats. The authors take you step-by-step through the process of choosing a pig, butchering it and... more
 
Emily Ingham |
Thursday, 13th December 2012
Juliet Kemp appeals to those who may feel powerless to meet their own subsistence needs through lack of growing space. With the emphasis on reuse of materials; organic or 'try to live with it' pest control; and observing your space before planning... more
 
Tony Rollinson |
Wednesday, 12th December 2012
The first surprising, and encouraging, fact is that London is home to over 3 million gardens, from handkerchief front yards to historic horticultural sites, public gardens and parks. It brings home how important these green spaces are to those... more
 
John Adams |
Friday, 30th November 2012
If you have got read the history of charcoal making and its practical applications (PM70), you may be interested to know that you can make your own charcoal at home. To do this you need a fire pit or some other suitable fireplace and a Kadai... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 29th November 2012
Getting furniture upstairs in both modern small houses and many old ones can prove to be an almost impossible task. As it was when my son asked me to help him move a newly purchased chest of drawers into his bedroom. No problem I thought, but the... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 22nd November 2012
In PM67 I reviewed Mr D's Thermal Cooker in which I cooked some wonderfully tasty stews and casseroles. Working on the hay box principle, the cooker uses a minimal amount of energy to cook food and can be used almost anywhere. After a customer... more
 
John Adams |
Thursday, 22nd November 2012
When I reviewed the Frontier Stove in PM72 I showed a picture of it with a then prototype stainless steel water heater attached to the chimney. This and a range of other accessories are now available and make this great little camping stove/cooker... more
 
John Adams |
Tuesday, 13th November 2012
Tim Harland and I tried out the latest Burgon & Ball range of pruners in his forest garden. We have both used many different makes of pruning tools, from the very expensive to bargain buys, with sometimes unexpected results in terms of ease of... more
 
John Adams |
Monday, 5th November 2012
I first encountered this saw in Tim Emms' workshop and, as he had been using it for while, I asked him for a review. "I've used the Thomas Finn saw for over two years, principally to cross-cut well seasoned sweet chestnut trees of up to 50cm... more
 

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