Urban / small space gardening articles

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 …

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
7
2017
Dave Darby

Could the ‘paperpot transplanter’ be a boon for small farmers or is it just a gimmick?

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How about a human-powered tool that allows you to plant out 264 young plants per minute (!) without bending over? The paperpot transplanter, developed in Japan, allows you to do just that (if 264 seems a bit precise, it’s because each little paper chain contains 264 pots). 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 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 …

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