Aug
31
2017
John Harrison

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

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Posted Aug 31 2017 by John Harrison of Allotment & Gardens

Your tunnel or greenhouse is likely to get a little bit out of hand during this month, with most crops not being at their prime any longer. Pests and diseases are also spreading much faster than before. You have to decide which plants to clear and which ones to leave a bit longer. Read more …

Aug
30
2017
John Harrison

Fruit & vegetable growing guide for September

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Posted Aug 30 2017 by John Harrison of Allotment & Gardens

September is the end of summer although we’re often lucky to have an Indian summer with blue skies and sunshine, nothing is certain with the weather. The bulk of the harvest comes home now and as crops come out the plot begins to empty. Read more …

Aug
29
2017
Robin Wood

An introduction to tool sharpening with Robin Wood

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Posted Aug 29 2017 by Robin Wood of Robin Wood Woodware
A tool sharpening course run by Robin Wood

“A sharp tongue is the only edge tool that grows keener with constant use.” So said the American writer and diplomat Washington Irving. In this post, we explore the importance of tool sharpening in woodworking with artisan Robin Wood MBE. Read more …

Aug
27
2017
Dave Darby

Should we not mention what’s happening to the biosphere, in case it scares the mainstream?

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Posted Aug 27 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Our biosphere is teetering on the edge of global societal collapse, as with these ships at the imagined edge of the world

This is a question for anyone working in the field of environmental sustainability. What’s actually happening to the biosphere, how bad is it, and should we tell people or keep it quiet? Read more …

Aug
25
2017
Jessie Watson Brown

Tips for safe wild mushroom foraging this autumn

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Posted Aug 25 2017 by Jessie Watson Brown of Nettleseed

In this post, I’m sharing some of my recent explorations into the subtle nuances and helpful tips for safe mushroom foraging this autumn. Now, I don’t want to scare you, but I do think it’s very important. Read more …

Aug
22
2017
Lesley Anderson

Slug control with ducks!

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You don’t have a slug problem, you have a duck deficiency” – Bill Mollison Read more …

Aug
20
2017
Anna & Pete Grugeon

How we designed and built our own off-grid home in the woods

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Anna & Pete Grugeon's off-grid house in the woods

Two years ago, we blogged about Anna and Pete’s experience in obtaining planning permission for a self-built, off-grid home in the woods in Devon. Here’s the story of what they built and how they power and heat it. Read more …

Aug
18
2017
Sophie Paterson

In praise of the domestic larder: an alternative to the modern fridge

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Posted Aug 18 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org
A 1940s style larder at Home Farm, Beamish Museum

Once a mainstay of households in times gone by, the humble larder provided a practical storage solution for foodstuffs requiring storage over a longer period of time. Read more …

Aug
16
2017
Sophie Paterson

A year of downshifting in Devon

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Posted Aug 16 2017 by Sophie Paterson of Lowimpact.org

Downshifting means working less, earning less and spending less and it’s what Lowimpact.org’s Sophie Paterson has spent the past year attempting to do. She shares what she’s learnt so far and why she’d encourage others to embrace downshifting too. Read more …

Aug
14
2017
Dave Darby

It’s worse than you think: review of Douglas Rushkoff’s ‘Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus’

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Posted Aug 14 2017 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus by Douglas Rushkoff

Here’s an article that’s part review of the latest book  by Douglas Rushkoff (buy it – it’s excellent), part ramble about twenty-first century capitalism. Read more …

Aug
12
2017
Emma Olliff

Grazing: why simulating wild herds maximises benefits for farmers, livestock and ecology

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Posted Aug 12 2017 by Emma Olliff of Regenereat
A herd of sheep grazing overlooking the sea

“Many sheep farmers waste more than a third of the grass on their farm because they do not plan grazing wisely.” This is according to Susan Buckingham, extension officer at the Institute of Biological, Environment and Rural Sciences’ Grassland Development Centre Read more …

Aug
9
2017
Seggy Segaran

Haybox (retained heat) cooking and food safety

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Posted Aug 9 2017 by Seggy Segaran of Haybox Cooking
Haybox cooking in action with a lidded insulated basket

Haybox cookers use retained heat to cook the food and save energy. They are also very convenient as food can be prepared and kept hot for hours and then served up when needed. This can be great when having friends for a meal Read more …

Aug
7
2017
Nigel Akehurst

Haymaking by hand: a guide from Indie Farmer

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Posted Aug 7 2017 by Nigel Akehurst of IndieFarmer
Handmaking hay with a scythe

This week our friends at Indie Farmer shared with us their how-to guide to haymaking by hand, in which founder and editor-in-chief Nigel Akehurst collaborated with small-scale farmer Simon Fairlie, co-editor of The Land Magazine. Read more …

Aug
5
2017
Rebecca Laughton

A matter of scale: how small farms provide more jobs and more food per acre

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Our new report, “A Matter of Scale”, highlights how a diverse and vibrant sector of small farms is providing employment, attracting new entrants and incubating entrepreneurs. Read more …

Aug
3
2017
Nigel Akehurst

The sheep shearing season: an interview and photo story

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Posted Aug 3 2017 by Nigel Akehurst of IndieFarmer
Sheep shearing in action

The year’s sheep shearing season is almost at an end. This week, our friends at Indie Farmer shared with us their sheep shearing photo story and interview with Ed Gingell, the so-called ‘Lewis Hamilton’ of sheep shearing, who visited Hockham Farm in 2015 to shear the flock and returned again to do the same just last week. It’s over to author and Indie Farm founder Nigel Akehurst from here. Read more …

Aug
1
2017
Adrian Leaman

Community building camps: volunteer on community projects and gain natural building skills

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Posted Aug 1 2017 by Adrian Leaman of Wholewoods

A volunteering event to make beautiful natural buildings affordable for schools, charities, community groups, trusts and pubic organisations who put other people and the environment first. Read more …

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