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Maddy Harland |
Monday, 5th May 2014
I have owned copper rings for years and use them to protect tender plants from slug attack. Apparently the slugs loath touching copper because the metal reacts with their slime and creates a mild electric current. It gives them an electric shock which repels them. This method works as well in the wet as it the dry, is 100% effective, and doesn't... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Saturday, 19th April 2014
At the beginning of spring I look out over the garden and see our no dig veggie beds, weed free and mulched with home-made compost, the fruit trees pruned, and new trees planted to add to the forest garden. The snowdrops have pushed through the frost and the birdsong has intensified telling me the birds are nest building. As I watch the natural... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 3rd April 2014
A new study has found that a number of commonly used pesticides are far more dangerous to humans than we have been led to believe. The study undertaken by a team in France1 looked at nine pesticides, three fungicides, insecticides and herbicides, including two neonicotinoids and Roundup, the most frequently used pesticide worldwide. There were... more
 
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Sunday, 23rd March 2014
Joanna Macy has been helping me look unflinchingly into the face of our global ecological crisis and not give up or burn out for years. I have taken great heart from The Work That Reconnects (WTR), the radical empowerment process she has pioneered, and would recommend it to anyone feeling desperate about the state of the world. Now Joanna has... more
 
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Thursday, 6th March 2014
Charles Dowding is the master of No Dig gardening. Tim and I were lucky enough to visit him in late autumn and not only enjoy learning how he gardens (he is a dedicated experimenter), we also got to eat an entire three course meal from the garden in November. It was delicious. We were so inspired that when Charles told us about this new video, we... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Monday, 24th February 2014
Every time we log on to Facebook or view other social media we are likely to see distressing photographs of homeless Orangutans driven out of rainforest habitats by the global demand for palm oil plantations followed by equally homeless tribal people. It doesn’t have to be like this and Francisco Van der Hoff Boersma (Father Frans), the co-founder... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Friday, 21st February 2014
In 2008, the celebrated scientist, James Lovelock, said global warming is irreversible and we should now focus on enjoying life because planting trees, recycling and other eco-activities are a 'waste of time'. From December to February 2014, Britain has experienced the wettest winter in over 100 years. The mainstream media and politicians are... more
 
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Wednesday, 15th January 2014
The East (2013) is an indie thriller directed by Zal Batmanglij, about eco-terrorism, surveillance and corporate ecocide. Sarah (Brit Marling) becomes an operative for an elite private intelligence firm based in Washington D.C. who is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. She... more
 
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Friday, 3rd January 2014
Last November I had the privilege of visiting no dig gardeners Steph Hafferty and Charles Dowding at Charles' house in Somerset. We had a tour of his market garden which was only set up in early 2013 yet was beautifully productive in our English late autumn. Then we retired to his passive solar conservatory and ate a delicious lunch, all out of... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Saturday, 14th December 2013
At Permaculture magazine, we believe that the best way to demonstrate that a better world is possible is to live it, regardless of whether governments and politicians are listening, and it seems that the majority are not. This is an intensely frustrating and anxious time for those who are worried about climate change. Earlier this year we hit 400... more
 
Maddy Harland |
Thursday, 14th November 2013
My birth name wasn’t Harland, it was Wood, and wood has always played an important part in my life. Early memories are of camping with my parents in wild places. We would light fires with sticks on tiny islands on Loch Corrib in the wilds of Connemara. After a morning trout fishing from a traditional wooden boat, the family would land to brew tea... more
 
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Thursday, 7th November 2013
I want to tell you why permaculture inspires and motivates me and how I apply it in my own life, but before I do that I need to set the scene. Please bear with me. What do you feel when you read or hear that the Arctic icecap is melting faster than ever before or that clean water, a rapidly dwindling resource, is being globally privatised so that... more
 
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Tuesday, 22nd October 2013
Yesterday BBC Radio Devon phoned me up and asked me for some top tips about not wasting food for their live programme at 1.15 pm. Apparently, Tesco did a survey and found that 70% of their salad bags are thrown away either by the store because it is 'past its best' or by the consumer because the salad has rotted in the bottom of the fridge. I told... more
 
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Wednesday, 9th October 2013
I'm having a bit of a cooking fest at the moment, inspired by editing Carl Legge's forthcoming book, The Permaculture Kitchen. This is not only full of delicious recipes, it has taught me the principles of cooking so that I can adapt my own recipes seasonally, with food that is in the garden and in the wilds or at the local market. It is a huge... more
 
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Thursday, 3rd October 2013
Last month I was invited to speak at the Grow It Yourself Gathering in Ireland (a wonderful Irish veggie fest) where I met John and Sally McKenna. These two foodies are legends in Ireland. In 1991 they gave up their jobs and their flat in Dublin, bought a broken-down Renault 4 and set off around Ireland. In those days most people thought Irish... more
 

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