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07/2017 posts

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

In August there is even more bounty than in July, whether you’re growing in a polytunnel or a greenhouse. You may have produced enough courgettes and cucumbers for the whole neighbourhood. The tomatoes are made into soups and frozen and you reap the rewards for all your efforts. Read more

Fruit & vegetable growing guide for August

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

Taking the pee: is urine a good fertiliser?

Scarlett Penn of WWOOF UK | 27-Jul-2017 | 16

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. Read more

Low-impact & the city 12: switching to the Phone Co-op (do it today!)

Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 25-Jul-2017 | 1

The Phone Co-op is the UK’s only co-operative telecoms provider. 100% member-owned, they have a democratic internal structure and no external shareholders. You can just become a customer, or you can become a member too, and have a say in the way the co-op is run. Read more

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

Sophie Paterson of | 23-Jul-2017 | 7

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… Continue reading A tale of two greenhouses: in praise of the solar greenhouse Read more

One man’s journey from diesel to veg oil

Geoff of Veg Oil Car | 20-Jul-2017 | 1

This week Lowimpact.org met Geoff, a.k.a the Veg Oil Guy, who runs two websites and a YouTube channel chronicling his exploration of diesel to vegetable oil conversion and proving veg oil motoring can be done! Read more

What’s the most environmentally-damaging thing that a human can do?

Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org | 18-Jul-2017 | 4

This question is really important for us at Lowimpact.org, because we’re all about providing information and other resources on ways that people can live in a less environmentally-damaging way. So I was very interested to see that researchers at Lund University in Sweden recently put the hours in Read more

SuperHomes: free open-house events for you to have a look at homes with renewable and energy-saving technologies

Richard Vale of Superhomes | 15-Jul-2017 | 0

This year marks the 10th year of SuperHomes, the innovative and multi-award winning national network of over 200 homes which have all reduced their carbon footprint by a minimum of 60%. There’s a record 100 free Open House events occurring across all parts of UK Read more

Building your own sea kayak part 3: cockpit, sealing & fibreglassing

In the third instalment of the building your own sea kayak series, after a long break in the build over the winter the materials have arrived for the next stage of the process. The Petrel’s cockpit is recessed to give it a lower profile, which makes Eskimo rolls easier.  The forms are temporally glued to the… Continue reading Building your own sea kayak part 3: cockpit, sealing & fibreglassing Read more

Crabapple community is looking for new members

Robin of Crabapple Community | 09-Jul-2017 | 42

This information is now out of date, but here’s Crabapple’s website. Contact them if you’re interested. Thanks Read more

How to make a pair of bellows: a step by step guide with Kormak the Carter

In this post we learn from Cormac Stanton how to construct a pair of working bellows, be they for the fireplace or the forge. A member of the Manaraefan Herred Dark Age and Early Medieval re-enactment group, as Kormak the Carter he works alongside blacksmith Mo Swinhosson. Both are described as highly competent early medieval… Continue reading How to make a pair of bellows: a step by step guide with Kormak the Carter Read more

Building your own sea kayak part 2: hull & deck

The first strips are on.  I spent a while setting up the forms on the strongback and securing them with cleats.  I then cut and shaped the stem pieces seen here on the bow. Read more

Starting a market garden: Q&A with Chris Smaje of Small Farm Future

Chris Smaje of Vallis Veg | 02-Jul-2017 | 1

Chris Smaje of Small Farm Future kindly agreed to share with us a recent blog post of his own about starting a market garden, drawing on his experiences at Vallis Veg, a small farm on the outskirts of Frome in Somerset with a veg box scheme and much more besides. Covering 13 questions collated from… Continue reading Starting a market garden: Q&A with Chris Smaje of Small Farm Future Read more

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