Urban / small space gardening articles

Feb
10
2021
Sarah Young

How to start a community garden: Part 1

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With the UK lockdown ongoing, many of us will be dreaming of days when we can once again be out and about and active in our local community. With this in mind, we share a series from Ethical.net exploring how to start a community garden. Read more …

Aug
12
2020
Sophie Paterson

Zero food miles, zero packaging and plenty more: in praise of allotments

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Monday marked the beginning of National Allotments Week 2020, at a time when the number of prospective allotmenteers far exceeds the number of available allotments. So what do allotments have to offer that means so many of us are itching to get our hands dirty? Read more …

Aug
5
2020
Sophie Paterson

Keeping communities growing: how to get involved

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With huge changes demanded by the Covid-19 pandemic, community gardens and growing spaces up and down the country are adapting to new realities. Here’s how you can support and get involved in their work to keep communities growing. Read more …

Feb
23
2020
Chris Huskins

Small farms, land co-ops and farm housing: Chris Huskins of Fanfield Farm

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Today I’m talking with Chris Huskins of Fanfield Farm – an Ecological Land Co-op plot – who is going to build his own house on his smallholding. He’s also trading using mutual credit, via the Open Credit Network. 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 …

Nov
27
2019
Sarah Young

How to start a small garden in your apartment (Part 2)

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Just what can you grow indoors? Plenty, it turns out. Ethical.net continue their guide to starting a small garden in your apartment. Catch up with Part 1 here. Read more …

Nov
13
2019
Sarah Young

How to start a small garden in your apartment (Part 1)

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Living in an urban flat with no access to outdoor space and yearn for greenery? Our friends at Ethical.net have got it covered with their guide to how to start a small garden in your apartment. Read more …

Aug
29
2019
Dave Darby

Low-impact & the city 13: How to get lots of fruit from a small garden with no work

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I’m too busy to have a vegetable garden. I don’t have the mental energy to think about when it’s time to buy seeds, to plant them, water them, prick them out into pots, dig the garden, plant them, and then continue to water them, weed them and harvest them. Read more …

Jul
16
2019
Benedict Noel

The Mushroom Guide Part 9: working with agar cultures

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A jellylike substance derived from seaweed, Benedict Noel sets out the role of agar cultures in Part 9 of his Mushroom Guide. Read more …

Jul
4
2019
Benedict Noel

The Mushroom Guide Part 8: working with liquid mushroom cultures

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We learn how to work with liquid mushroom cultures as The Mushroom Guide with Benedict Noel continues. Read more …

Jun
18
2019
Benedict Noel

The Mushroom Guide Part 7: preparing mushroom spawn (2)

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Mushroom grower extraordinaire Benedict Noel explains how to prepare mushroom spawn using a pressure cooker, as his Mushroom Guide series continues. Read more …

May
30
2019
Benedict Noel

The Mushroom Guide Part 6: preparing mushroom spawn

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Benedict Noel shares how to scale up your mushroom production, preparing mushroom spawn using grain to then inoculate sawdust bags. Read more …

May
24
2019
Benedict Noel

The Mushroom Guide Part 5: inoculating fruiting substrate

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Inoculating fruiting substrate: sounds a little daunting, no? Fear not – Benedict Noel explains all in Part 5 of his Mushroom Guide for beginners keen to grow their own shiitake mushrooms. Read more …

May
15
2019
Benedict Noel

The Mushroom Guide Part 4: preparing fruiting substrate for shiitake mushrooms

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In Part 4 of The Mushroom Guide with Benedict Noel, learn how to create your own bags of fruiting substrate for shiitake mushrooms, using sawdust, bran and a pressure cooker. Read more …

May
7
2019
Benedict Noel

The Mushroom Guide Part 3: harvesting shiitake mushroom blocks

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In Part 3 of The Mushroom Guide, Benedict Noel enjoys the fruits of his labour harvesting shiitake mushroom blocks, as he continues his step-by-step tutorial. Read more …

Apr
25
2019
Benedict Noel

The Mushroom Guide Part 2: fruiting shiitake mushroom blocks

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We learn how to fruit shiitake mushroom blocks with Benedict Noel of The Mushroom Guide. It’s possible to grow shiitake mushrooms with very little equipment. If you’re a novice, this is the best place to start. Read more …

Apr
16
2019
Benedict Noel

The Mushroom Guide Part 1: why grow shiitake mushrooms?

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No garden? No problem! In the first of a new series from the Mushroom Guide, Benedict Noel considers why shiitake mushrooms make a great starting point for anyone new to mushroom growing, particularly in an urban environment. Read more …

Jan
9
2018
David Thorpe

Urban one-planet development: how can cities reduce their ecological footprint?

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The last post in this series looked at the vital role of ecological footprinting in ensuring that our individual actions are truly sustainable – i.e. within the limits of what the Earth’s resources can provide. This is called ‘one planet’ development. 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
28
2017
James Brand

How hydroponics could be integrated into restaurants, bars, schools and hospitals

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Lowimpact.org’s Sophie Paterson meets hydroponics convert James Brand to hear about his experiences of hydroponics in action at a 13th century free house, the family-run award-winning Journey’s End Inn on the South Devon coast. Read more …

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