Apr
30
2017
John Harrison

Fruit & vegetable growing guide for May

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Posted Apr 30 2017 by John Harrison of Allotment & Gardens
Asparagus makes an appearance in our fruit and vegetable growing guide for May

Generally one of the busiest months on the vegetable plot, here John Harrison shares his fruit and vegetable growing guide for May. The soil is warm and the plants growing well. But watch out for a sneaky late frost. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and be prepared for frantic last minute wrapping of fleece to protect tender plants. Read more …

Apr
29
2017
Phil Moore

Help the Ecological Land Co-operative to set up more smallholdings

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A young goat kid on an Ecological Land Co-operative smallholding

You can join the Ecological Land Co-operative as an investor, by moving some money from your bank savings account (and receiving a better rate of interest). If you agree with the ELC’s principles, this would be extremely helpful. Read more …

Apr
27
2017
Dave Darby

Why an economy that’s not dominated by the corporate sector would be much better for individuals, communities and nature

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Posted Apr 27 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Time to ditch the corporate sector in favour of the solidarity economy

Lowimpact.org is an organisation that was founded by two people in 2001 because of concerns about ecological damage and what that might mean for the future of humanity. The focus has always been on individual lifestyle change Read more …

Apr
24
2017
Dave Darby

Let’s build a sustainable, non-corporate world; but what exactly does ‘non-corporate’ mean?

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Posted Apr 24 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Examples of organisation within the non-corporate sector

This is the first of two articles examining the non-corporate sector, and its advantages for ecology, democracy, communities and individuals. Here’s a checklist of the benefits of reducing the reach of the corporate sector, but first, let’s work out what kind of organisations comprise the non-corporate sector. Read more …

Apr
22
2017
Andy Reynolds

That knotty problem: how to prune trees to produce quality timber

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Posted Apr 22 2017 by Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge
To produce quality timber you need to know how to prune trees correctly

After reading the excellent article in Smallwoods magazine (issue 61) on formative pruning by Steve Woollard, I thought to build on that article with a perspective from a timber user. Read more …

Apr
20
2017
Sophie Paterson

Period of adjustment: the case for reusable feminine hygiene products

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Posted Apr 20 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
Natural menstrual products

Katherine Blacklaws and Harriet Parke make the case for reusable feminine hygiene products, re-blogged with kind permission from an original post at Isonomia.
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Apr
18
2017
Rowland Keable

Clayfest, June 12-17: let’s build more homes with earth rather than bricks and cement

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The renaissance of earth building in the UK reflects not only the beauty and utility of the material but also the pressures of rising building costs and the need for lower energy use and waste in building products. Read more …

Apr
16
2017
Ludwig Appeltans

How to stop slugs in your allotment or garden, naturally

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Posted Apr 16 2017 by Ludwig Appeltans of Earth Ways

There are many tips on how to fight these invertebrates circulating around allotments and gardens – some are fables, some are more effective than others. The reality is that no single thing does the trick. In short, the solution is to create an ecosystem in your garden that will help to create a balance. Read more …

Apr
13
2017
Sophie Paterson

Smallholding with heart: advice about getting and running a smallholding from Janet Jenkins of Cuckoo Farm

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Posted Apr 13 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
Boots and tea

Embarking on a new life in the countryside, away from the trappings of urban existence, is a dream increasingly common to many. This week we interviewed Janet Jenkins about her and her family’s smallholding journey, putting the heart back into the land at Cuckoo Farm. Read more …

Apr
11
2017
Linda Kaucher

Two things you can do to help stop the encroachment of GM crops into the UK

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Posted Apr 11 2017 by Linda Kaucher of Stop TTIP uk

Glyphosate is the key ingredient in Monsanto’s ‘Roundup’, the product that farmers have to buy to apply to the genetically-modified crops that they’ve bought from Monsanto. Half of Monsanto’s profits come from Roundup sales. Read more …

Apr
9
2017
Dave Darby

Dump Skype, switch to Jitsi: non-corporate, open source, nothing to download, no harvesting of your data

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Posted Apr 9 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Jitsi logo

Here’s a free, open source programme for online chat / video chat: Jitsi. The corporate equivalent is Skype, which is now owned by Microsoft. Read more …

Apr
6
2017
Dave Darby

Why the ‘natural’ in natural soaps is so important

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Posted Apr 6 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
A selection of natural soap

True soaps can be made from a range of oils and butters which come from plants, trees and in the case of some oils such as tallow and lard, from animals. These oils and butters are chemically classed as mild acids. Read more …

Apr
4
2017
Dave Darby

New Ecological Land Co-op share offer launched: here’s a chance to help bring about change in land ownership in the UK, and receive 3% interest for your trouble!

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Posted Apr 4 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Would you like to be a smallholder with the ELC?

Please share this as widely as you can. I’m on the board of the Ecological Land Co-op, and so I know how much hard work has gone into this – it’s an opportunity for people to shift their money to help change the nature of land ownership in the UK, and receive 3% interest for doing so. Read more …

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