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Maddy Harland |
Friday, 12th December 2014
Visiting Rapanui requires crossing the water twice. First, we catch a ferry from Southampton docks to Cowes on the Isle of Wight, famous for building boats and yachting. Then from Cowes, Tim and I walk on to a little chain ferry, a remnant of another age with its wooden benches and charming glass framed advertisements now populated by artwork from... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 11th December 2014
I have long had an interest in copper tools, as I have done successful experi­ments with copper in the garden. Firstly, with some (expensive) bought copper rings to protect seedlings. Then, I made my own rings from old copper sheets. I am told you can also cut and flatten copper piping to make rings or even cut up a redundant hot water cylinder,... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 2nd December 2014
"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." Antoine de Saint-Exupéry takes me beyond the horizon of day-to-day concerns, practicalities and obligations and into the expanded world of dreaming. Permaculture can be earnestly serious,... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 1st December 2014
I have always made compost. Currently, I have a wormery plus a Hotbin chugging away in my greenhouse. These make weed free potting compost and the glorious 'worm wee' that fertilises the greenhouse crops. I also have a stack of three tractor tyres that composts large quantities of organic matter plus four black bins that were sold very cheaply by... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 13th November 2014
This month we (Permanent Publications) are publishing The Vegan Book of Permaculture by permaculture teacher and author and our good friend, Graham Burnett. As publishers of Meat by Simon Fairlie and supporters and promoters of Regenerative Agriculture you are would be justified in asking: Why are we promoting veganism? This is why. I believe... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 9th October 2014
Ever needed a post box but balked at the price? Whilst on holiday in Connemara out on the west coast of Ireland, I came across a wonderful idea for repurposing a microwave oven. It is so simple. It consisted of a pole, with a platform on which the microwave sits. The pole is stabilised by two cross slats. I came across this ingenuous reuse of an... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 23rd September 2014
We recently published Looby Macnamara's second book, 7 Ways to Think Differently. This little book is like good medicine - it is potent - it goes a long way. I couldn't attend the book launch at the UK Permaculture Convergence because my better half, Tim, was recovering from an operation so I wrote a short speech about how thinking shapes our... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, 17th September 2014
I love blackberries - straight off the vine from the juicy hybrid variety in my garden or out of the hedgerow opposite - on to my breakfast muesli or in a crumble. But if time eludes you here is a recipe for blackberry liqueur that is so quick and easy even the most time poor person can fit it in! Ingredients All you need is: A litre (2.2 pint)... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 11th September 2014
We planted a Shropshire damson in our hedgerow over 20 years ago and allowed it to grow into a standard. On my side of the hedge it competes with a particuarly productive Kentish cobnut and so the damson grows tall above the hedge, making it hard to harvest. My neighbour has allowed the tree to grow unpruned and its laden boughs droop low into her... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 17th July 2014
I first came across the idea of Hobo Stoves made from a simple tin can on YouTube. I loved the idea of turning a useless tin can into a DIY cooking stove so I made one myself. It was OK, it worked but I did need to modify it to make it draw effectively. Now the people who make Kelly Kettles have come up with a more refined version. The beauty of... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 30th June 2014
The NM Tree and Garden Center located in Rio Rancho, New Mexico has discovered that Monsanto is buying heirloom seed companies. They are also buying the trademarks to a number of heirloom seeds. This means that you may think you are supporting an heirloom seed company but in reality the company is owned by Monsanto. The seeds themselves are still... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 19th June 2014
Charlie is a young man with a young family. Like many people, he couldn't afford to buy a house in Britain. For 4 years, his partner Megan and him lived in a damp caravan but with a baby on the way, he decided to take his life into his own hands and build what is one of the finest, most beautiful examples of a low impact roundhouse with a... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 16th June 2014
We grow bamboo. The idea mainly is to eat it. It needs to be cut when it is about 60cm (2 ft) high. If you leave it longer it is too fibrous so you need to pick the shoots young, peel them and steam them. They are very sweet and delicious. Inevitably my bamboo gets away as it grows so fast so every year I harvest and dry the canes flat and then... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Tuesday, 27th May 2014
Some years ago I visited Rebecca Hosking and Tim Green on the farm and saw their raised bed veggie garden. Tim had woven hazel domes over the beds to grow squashes upwards rather than have them trailing on the ground. There are definite advantages to this idea. Firstly, the young squashes have a better chance of getting away as they climb a... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 8th May 2014
Imagine your ancestors feeding upon foraged and home-grown foods and living life ‘in the round’, in traditional houses. Now you are consigned to a high rise flat in the middle of a place where seasonal, local, organic food is unheard of. Processed sugar and chemically altered plants are all that is available to you. It’s a sorry tale of... more
 

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