Dec
30
2016
Jenny Steel

Nature in January – what to look out for

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Posted Dec 30 2016 by Jenny Steel of Wildlife Gardening
sparrow-hawk

Anyone who feeds the birds in their garden is likely to have a Sparrowhawk passing through from time to time.  I am no different from anyone else – feeling that moment of flinching fear as the small grey male or his larger female mate come swooping past my window with outstretched talons. Read more …

Dec
29
2016
John Harrison

What to sow, plant and harvest in your polytunnel or greenhouse in January

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Posted Dec 29 2016 by John Harrison of Allotment & Gardens
january-seed-potatoes

January can be the beginning of your creative gardening year in your greenhouse or polytunnel. It’s the first awakening of the year. You can start off new seedlings on your propagator and sow and plant the first vegetables into the ground. Read more …

Dec
28
2016
John Harrison

Fruit & vegetable growing guide for January

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Posted Dec 28 2016 by John Harrison of Allotment & Gardens

January is generally a very cold month with hard frosts freezing the ground although there are no guarantees with British weather. Looking through my diaries, snow isn’t that likely for a prolonged period, but you never know. Read more …

Dec
26
2016
Sigi Koko

Building a small home has a big payback

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Posted Dec 26 2016 by Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design

Let’s get one thing straight right away…When I say “small”, I don’t mean living in a shoe box.   What I mean by “small” is living in a space that is designed…well designed…for your needs…and no more.  A small space doesn’t mean cramped. Read more …

Dec
21
2016
Paula Osthaus

Low-impact & the city 6: how we got ourselves a living willow ‘fedge’ (half-fence, half-hedge)

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Posted Dec 21 2016 by Paula Osthaus of WWOOF UK
Our living willow fedge - half-fence, half-hedge

We’ve wanted a living willow ‘fedge’ for a while. We have a firepit and a couple of compost ‘daleks’ at the end of the garden, and we wanted to cordon this area off, and hide the compost bins. A fedge is a cross between a fence and a hedge, and it’s alive. Read more …

Dec
18
2016
Dave Darby

Monopoly and capitalism: why you’ll lose at both if you try to play nice

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Posted Dec 18 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Monopoly and capitalism - a match made in heaven?

Monopoly is obviously based on capitalism, but the biggest difference between Monopoly and real-life capitalism is that Monopoly is just a game. Whatever happens in the game, it doesn’t mean that in real life Read more …

Dec
15
2016
Dave Darby

Companies like Fairphone, Ecotricity etc. are doing great things, but could easily be picked off by the corporate sector; why aren’t they co-ops?

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Posted Dec 15 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Fairphone - designed to open

Body Shop, Green & Blacks, Ben & Jerry’s and Innocent Drinks represented a Brave New World when it came to doing business – Fair Trade, sustainable, (slightly) less hierarchical, informal, friendly. Read more …

Dec
13
2016
Clifford Davy

Fancy growing shiitake mushrooms at home? Here’s how – in logs or sawdust

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Posted Dec 13 2016 by Clifford Davy of Forest Foragers

Shiitake mushrooms require cellulose-rich material and will grow on a variety of woody substrates. My preference is for oak (or other hardwood) sawdust. In fact, Shiitake will grow on softwood sawdust Read more …

Dec
11
2016
Dave Darby

Review of ‘Extinction: A Radical History’ by Ashley Dawson

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Posted Dec 11 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Extinction: A Radical History by Ashley Dawson

I tend to look out for new books on extinction – I think species extinction is the clearest indicator of what’s happening to ecology, and the thing that will precipitate its collapse unless we stop it. Read more …

Dec
8
2016
Dave Darby

Dear Fidel Castro…

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Posted Dec 8 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Dear Fidel Castro... remembering a great man who had the wrong plan

I believe that you were a great man – whatever you did, you did because of passion and integrity, not because of a thirst for money or power. But you had the wrong plan. Read more …

Dec
6
2016
Adrian Leaman

Request for help to build a reciprocal roundhouse for an environmental charity: great learning opportunity, and it’s free

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Posted Dec 6 2016 by Adrian Leaman of Wholewoods

We’re building a reciprocal roundhouse in April 2017 for an amazing social/environmental charity, Farms for City Children, and we’re calling for assistance. This 3-week ‘Full Build’ gives you the chance to learn by experiencing the whole building process Read more …

Dec
4
2016
Dave Darby

What good might come from a Trump presidency?

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Posted Dec 4 2016 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Could any good come from a Trump presidency?

Donald Trump says that when men get together in locker-rooms (or on buses), they ‘talk like that’ with each other. But they don’t – I have male friends, and if one of them talked to me ‘like that’, it would be the end of our friendship. Read more …

Dec
2
2016
Scarlett Penn

Looking for the xmas gift that could change someone’s life? Here’s why WWOOF membership could be what you’re looking for

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Posted Dec 2 2016 by Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK

It’s late autumn and I’m sitting alone, feeling empty, in a comfortable house in High Wycombe. It’s 5.30 and I’ve just returned from work; I’m a single moderately successful professional doing the 9-5 in a very ordinary existence. Read more …

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