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04/2017 posts

Fruit & vegetable growing guide for May

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… Continue reading Fruit & vegetable growing guide for May Read more

Help the Ecological Land Co-operative to set up more smallholdings

You can join the Ecological Land Co-operative as an investor, by moving some money from your bank savings account (and receiving a better rate of interest). If you agree with the ELC’s principles, this would be extremely helpful. Read more

Why an economy that’s not dominated by the corporate sector would be much better for individuals, communities and nature

Dave Darby of | 27-Apr-2017 | 3 is an organisation that was founded by two people in 2001 because of concerns about ecological damage and what that might mean for the future of humanity. The focus has always been on individual lifestyle change Read more

Let’s build a sustainable, non-corporate world; but what exactly does ‘non-corporate’ mean?

Dave Darby of | 24-Apr-2017 | 0

This is the first of two articles examining the non-corporate sector, and its advantages for ecology, democracy, communities and individuals. Here’s a checklist of the benefits of reducing the reach of the corporate sector, but first, let’s work out what kind of organisations comprise the non-corporate sector. Read more

That knotty problem: how to prune trees to produce quality timber

Andy Reynolds of the Ecolodge | 22-Apr-2017 | 0

After reading the excellent article in Smallwoods magazine (issue 61) on formative pruning by Steve Woollard, I thought to build on that article with a perspective from a timber user. Read more

Period of adjustment: the case for reusable feminine hygiene products

Katherine Blacklaws and Harriet Parke make the case for reusable feminine hygiene products, re-blogged with kind permission from an original post at Isonomia. Read more

Clayfest, June 12-17: let’s build more homes with earth rather than bricks and cement

The renaissance of earth building in the UK reflects not only the beauty and utility of the material but also the pressures of rising building costs and the need for lower energy use and waste in building products. Read more

How to stop slugs in your allotment or garden, naturally

Ludwig Appeltans of Earth Ways | 16-Apr-2017 | 3

Ludwig Appeltans shares his top tips on how to stop slugs naturally and keep your garden or allotment thriving – no slug pellets needed! Read more

Smallholding with heart: advice about getting and running a smallholding from Janet Jenkins of Cuckoo Farm

Embarking on a new life in the countryside, away from the trappings of urban existence, is a dream increasingly common to many. This week we interviewed Janet Jenkins about her and her family’s smallholding journey, putting the heart back into the land at Cuckoo Farm. Read more

Two things you can do to help stop the encroachment of GM crops into the UK

Linda Kaucher of Stop TTIP | 11-Apr-2017 | 4

Glyphosate is the key ingredient in Monsanto’s ‘Roundup’, the product that farmers have to buy to apply to the genetically-modified crops that they’ve bought from Monsanto. Half of Monsanto’s profits come from Roundup sales. Read more

Dump Skype, switch to Jitsi: non-corporate, open source, nothing to download, no harvesting of your data

Dave Darby of | 09-Apr-2017 | 30

Here’s a free, open source programme for online chat / video chat: Jitsi. The corporate equivalent is Skype, which is now owned by Microsoft. Read more

Why the ‘natural’ in natural soaps is so important

Dave Darby of | 06-Apr-2017 | 0

True soaps can be made from a range of oils and butters which come from plants, trees and in the case of some oils such as tallow and lard, from animals. These oils and butters are chemically classed as mild acids. Read more

New Ecological Land Co-op share offer launched: here’s a chance to help bring about change in land ownership in the UK, and receive 3% interest for your trouble!

Dave Darby of | 04-Apr-2017 | 1

Please share this as widely as you can. I’m on the board of the Ecological Land Co-op, and so I know how much hard work has gone into this – it’s an opportunity for people to shift their money to help change the nature of land ownership in the UK, and receive 3% interest for… Continue reading New Ecological Land Co-op share offer launched: here’s a chance to help bring about change in land ownership in the UK, and receive 3% interest for your trouble! Read more

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