It would be great if we all had an acre or two, the time, and inclination to grow our own food, but the realities of the day are that the majority of people have moved into more confined, urban and suburban settings in order to be closer to jobs,...
Three years of growing, sowing and harvesting. Like the WarAg and the Ministry of Food we have produced 26 how to leaflets, ranging from text to audio to film. We've collected them all here in this post so you can find them, enjoy them and use them. It's been a wonderful three years following the Dig For Victory model.
Here's that wartime stalwart, Mr Middleton, talking on compost heaps. Everything is okay until he mentions adding chemicals to the heap. It's certainly what's recommended in many of the guides of the time but we often forget the chemicals Mr Middleton often recommended where organic, a good compost heap can have lime added to it, also potash from wood fires and even urine. All these 'chemicals' make good compost.
A common question from any new grower is what should I grow? Yet, many new gardeners and old gardeners fail to see the spaces around them that can be used. We are not talking beds and straight lines of vegetables here, we are talking spaces that are often wasted. They can be large or small but all spaces can be used, and can help new and old gardeners to produce more food and have a sense of achievement at home or at the allotment.
Sweet chestnuts are permaculture trees. They can be coppiced, providing sustainable timber for fencing and building whilst also being a food source. Their nuts can be eaten roasted, raw or even turned into flour! Ben Law shares his autumn recipes for this multipurpose tree.
So, what does it need in order to thrive and allow us to thrive? It needs to be left alone, as much as possible, to do what it does. Do you dig? When we advocate ‘no dig’ gardening in permaculture, this is what we mean. We don’t mean – “thou shalt not dig up thy …
1. Any large scale extraction of shale gas in the UK is likely to be at least 10-15 years away. It is also unlikely to be able to compete against the extensive renewable energy sector we should have by 2025-30 unless developed at a significant scale. By that time, it is likely that unabated coal-fired power generation will have been phased out to meet EU emissions directives, so fracking will not substitute for (more carbon-intensive) coal. Continually tightening carbon budgets under the Climate Change Act will have significantly curtailed our scope for fossil fuel energy, and as a consequence only a very small fraction of the possible shale gas deposits will be burnable. (Paragraph 26).......
What is permaculture? If you’ve never heard of it, you might want to take a peek at how it can benefit you and your life, along with the environment. Who knows? You might just learn to love it as much as one of our own Green Monsters!
When the last sip of sloe gin dribbles out of the bottle, left in the bottom are these lonely round sloes, bursting with alcohol. They are too rich to stomach alone but it would be a shame to let these leftovers go to waste! Carl has whipped up these two recipes so you can keep reusing your sloe berries throughout the year.
Permaculturists everywhere are crazy about their compost teas and extracts. They have turned building compost tea brewers into a science and concocting the perfect tea recipe into an art. We love our compost brews too, and since we’re always getting questions about the compost tea process, we thought it was time to sit down and write a blog about it. In this article we’ll explain the difference between a tea and an extract, discuss the best ingredients and recipes, and give you the step-by-step how-to’s for making your own compost tea brewer.
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