Jul
31
2017
John Harrison

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

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Posted Jul 31 2017 by John Harrison of Allotment & Gardens

In August there is even more bounty than in July, whether you’re growing in a polytunnel or a greenhouse. You may have produced enough courgettes and cucumbers for the whole neighbourhood. The tomatoes are made into soups and frozen and you reap the rewards for all your efforts. Read more …

Jul
30
2017
John Harrison

Fruit & vegetable growing guide for August

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Posted Jul 30 2017 by John Harrison of Allotment & Gardens
raspberries

August with a little luck brings us the best of the summer weather but being the traditional holiday month it can be hard to keep on top of the vegetable plot growing with a fortnight away, even if a neighbour can be persuaded to water as required. Read more …

Jul
27
2017
Scarlett Penn

Taking the pee: is urine a good fertiliser?

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Posted Jul 27 2017 by Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK

Many of us consider our urine to be a waste product, which we flush out of our lives with purified drinking water. Even with a low-flush toilet the average person may use about 40L of treated water a day to whisk away their wee. The eco and cash cost of sanitising water for drinking is huge, so to recklessly contaminate and flush it is, in both senses, taking the piss. Read more …

Jul
25
2017
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 12: switching to the Phone Co-op (do it today!)

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Posted Jul 25 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

The Phone Co-op is the UK’s only co-operative telecoms provider. 100% member-owned, they have a democratic internal structure and no external shareholders. You can just become a customer, or you can become a member too, and have a say in the way the co-op is run. Read more …

Jul
23
2017
Sophie Paterson

A tale of two greenhouses: in praise of the solar greenhouse

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Posted Jul 23 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
Strawberries in a Chinese solar greenhouse

Asked to describe the average greenhouse, many readers might picture a mainly glass structure. There is, however, an alternative which offers even greater growing potential across the seasons with far less energy consumption: the solar greenhouse. Particularly popular in China since the late 1970s, solar greenhouses make use of passive solar energy to retain the maximum possible amount of heat. Read more …

Jul
20
2017
Geoff

One man’s journey from diesel to veg oil

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Posted Jul 20 2017 by Geoff  of VegOilCar
Diesel to veg oil conversion

This week Lowimpact.org met Geoff, a.k.a the Veg Oil Guy, who runs two websites and a YouTube channel chronicling his exploration of diesel to vegetable oil conversion and proving veg oil motoring can be done! Read more …

Jul
18
2017
Dave Darby

What’s the most environmentally-damaging thing that a human can do?

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Posted Jul 18 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org

This question is really important for us at Lowimpact.org, because we’re all about providing information and other resources on ways that people can live in a less environmentally-damaging way. So I was very interested to see that researchers at Lund University in Sweden recently put the hours in Read more …

Jul
15
2017
Richard Vale

SuperHomes: free open-house events for you to have a look at homes with renewable and energy-saving technologies

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Posted Jul 15 2017 by Richard Vale of SuperHomes

This year marks the 10th year of SuperHomes, the innovative and multi-award winning national network of over 200 homes which have all reduced their carbon footprint by a minimum of 60%. There’s a record 100 free Open House events occurring across all parts of UK Read more …

Jul
11
2017
Stuart Yendle

Building your own sea kayak part 3: cockpit, sealing & fibreglassing

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Posted Jul 11 2017 by Stuart Yendle of Stuart - Sea Kayak

In the third instalment of the building your own sea kayak series, after a long break in the build over the winter the materials have arrived for the next stage of the process. The Petrel’s cockpit is recessed to give it a lower profile, which makes Eskimo rolls easier.  The forms are temporally glued to the boat and cockpit area is cut. Read more …

Jul
9
2017
Robin

Crabapple community is looking for new members

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Crabapple Community is a thriving housing co-op of 10 adults and 4 children (mainly teenagers) aiming to live as sustainably as possible in our large Georgian house and 20 acres of land, 5 miles south-east of Shrewsbury. Crabapple Community was founded in 1975 Read more …

Jul
6
2017
Cormac Stanton

How to make a pair of bellows: a step by step guide with Kormak the Carter

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Posted Jul 6 2017 by Cormac Stanton of Manaraefan Herred
Re-enacters Kormak and Mo hard at work using handmade bellows at their forge

In this post we learn from Cormac Stanton how to construct a pair of working bellows, be they for the fireplace or the forge. A member of the Manaraefan Herred Dark Age and Early Medieval re-enactment group, as Kormak the Carter he works alongside blacksmith Mo Swinhosson. Both are described as highly competent early medieval technicians and can fix almost anything, especially if you can hit it with a hammer! It’s over to Cormac from here with his step by step guide. Read more …

Jul
4
2017
Stuart Yendle

Building your own sea kayak part 2: hull & deck

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Posted Jul 4 2017 by Stuart Yendle of Stuart - Sea Kayak

The first strips are on.  I spent a while setting up the forms on the strongback and securing them with cleats.  I then cut and shaped the stem pieces seen here on the bow. Read more …

Jul
2
2017
Chris Smaje

Starting a market garden: Q&A with Chris Smaje of Small Farm Future

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Posted Jul 2 2017 by Chris Smaje of Small Farm Future

Chris Smaje of Small Farm Future kindly agreed to share with us a recent blog post of his own about starting a market garden, drawing on his experiences at Vallis Veg, a small farm on the outskirts of Frome in Somerset with a veg box scheme and much more besides. Covering 13 questions collated from his most common reader comments, he offers his personal advice to anyone considering a market garden venture. It’s over to Chris from here. Read more …

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