Soil management articles

Aug
9
2020
Stephen Parsons

Pushing up the veggies: human composting, coming to an end-of-life facility near you soon

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Natural organic reduction, a technique for turning human remains into “soft, beautiful soil” is being billed by its American developers, Recompose, as the greenest of green funerary practices. A licence was granted in March 2019 by Washington State and the company hopes to open for business in 2021. Read more …

Mar
4
2020
Sarah Young

A guide to composting: methods for composting outdoors

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Are you ready to make compost in your back garden? From hot to cold composting and more besides, our friends at Ethical.net share how you can make the most of composting outdoors. Read more …

Feb
12
2020
Sarah Young

A guide to composting: methods for composting indoors

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Thought not having a garden meant there was little point in composting? Think again! Having covered the basics of composting in Part 1 of the series, Ethical.net take a look at different ways of composting indoors. Read more …

Dec
13
2019
Sarah Young

A guide to composting: the fundamentals

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We share the first part of Ethical.net’s guide to composting, covering the fundamental principles of turning your food waste into a wonderful soil fertiliser. Read more …

Jul
25
2019
Andrew Rollinson

Biochar on trial: what scientific research tells us so far

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Working wonders or potentially harmful? Dr Andrew Rollinson examines the scientific research surrounding biochar to date, including his own personal experiments. Read more …

Dec
12
2017
Sophie Paterson

In praise of the wheelbarrow: low-impact transportation at its best?

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Perhaps these days most commonly associated with the garden, there’s more to the humble wheelbarrow than you might think. Sophie Paterson explores its potential, past and present, as a low-impact form of transportation. Read more …

Nov
19
2017
Sophie Paterson

Join our new online community Living Low Impact

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We’re excited to introduce our new Facebook group Living Low Impact – and you’re invited! Read more …

Sep
5
2017
Tomas Remiarz

Should we be reliant on cheap foreign labour to work on our farms, or is there a better way to feed ourselves?

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Recently The Guardian ran an article by John Harris called “They say after Brexit there’ll be food rotting in the fields. It’s already started.To summarise, John is saying Brexit has made the UK look an unfriendly place to our European neighbours and with the increasing financial fortunes of eastern European nations, farm workers are now choosing not to come to this country. Read more …

Aug
30
2017
John Harrison

Fruit & vegetable growing guide for September

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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 …

Jul
30
2017
John Harrison

Fruit & vegetable growing guide for August

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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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Many of us consider it a waste product but, in fact, is urine a good fertiliser? Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK sets out why we should pause for thought before we flush.
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Jul
23
2017
Sophie Paterson

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

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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 …

Jun
29
2017
John Harrison

Fruit & vegetable growing guide for July

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July is usually one of the hottest and driest months so a lot of time may be spent watering. You can reduce water loss and so save yourself some time. Mulching with a layer of organic matter will help preserve moisture but may encourage slugs so you will need to take action against them. Read more …

Jun
11
2017
Sophie Paterson

Groundswell: an agricultural show for no-till, organic farming with cover crops and grass-fed animals

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A groundswell of farmers around the world are working out how to farm in a more ecologically-friendly way. One the farmers leading the farming revolution in the UK is John Cherry, who has set up a 2-day conference on his farm in Hertfordshire, 28th and 29th of June. Read more …

Jun
1
2017
John Harrison

Fruit & vegetable growing guide for June

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Flaming June should bring us a hot sunshine-filled month with the risk of frost passed and those in more northerly parts should be able to catch up with those in the south. We’re also moving towards the longest day, June 21st being the summer solstice so there is plenty of daylight to let you get on with things. Here’s my fruit and vegetable growing guide for June. Read more …

Apr
30
2017
John Harrison

Fruit & vegetable growing guide for May

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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 …

Mar
29
2017
John Harrison

Fruit & vegetable growing guide for April

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By April spring should be well and truly underway, the soil warming up nicely and everything growing away. Don’t be complacent though, it’s been known for a cold snap with snow to strike even in the sunny south of England. Read more …

Feb
26
2017
John Harrison

Fruit & vegetable growing guide for March

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March is the month when things really start to move in the growing season. In fact the start of the year used to be Lady Day, the Feast of the Annunciation, 25th March until 1752 in Britain when we adopted the Gregorian calendar and started our year on the 1st January. Read more …

Feb
7
2017
Daniel Scharf

If ‘agroecology’ is such a good idea, how can we get the planning system to promote it?

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The planning system doesn’t currently differentiate between different types of agriculture, and maybe it should. The type of agriculture we prefer could be labelled ‘agroecology’ – but the problem is how to define it and how to get the planning system to recognise it, let alone promote it. Read more …

Jan
26
2017
John Harrison

Fruit & vegetable growing guide for February

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February, being the last of the winter months , often has a sting and ends up being the coldest month. So, more than any other month, this one you need to play according to local conditions. It’s best to hold off than try to sow in waterlogged, near frozen ground that will most likely rot any seeds. Read more …

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