For at least 4,000 years people have been propagating the very best fruit varieties, selecting ones that taste good, crop well, are locally adapted, etc. The pip in an apple has been cross-pollinated with another type of apple. So if you plant an apple pip it won’t grow up to be like its parent, just… [Read More]
‘A mass of colour blooms in the Orchard despite the total lack of rain. All the stripeys are enjoying the ragwort (that’s Cinnabar moth caterpillars) and the place is thriving. See the abundance of broad-leaf everlasting peas, large ox-eye daisies and field scabious in the different sections. What a wonderland it is.’ Kirsty Sloman, Racehill Community… [Read More]
Those of you who have watched my YouTube channel will be familiar with the way I like to try things rather than listen to the armchair theorists. So, I have been experimenting again, spending a bit of cash, and learning things new to me. This idea however is not new and is startlingly obvious, but… [Read More]
New discounts announced thanks to the Neil Smith bursary fund.
Ian Brown – Carpenter and Strawbale Builder Which permaculture principle do you have to remind yourself of the most? Design from pattern to details – nature is amazing, the shapes the forms from nature have been inspiring and informing construction craft and design for centuries. As modern building methods and details evolve it is important we honour… [Read More]
by Andy Reynolds I have been running our home for the last decade using wind and solar electricity. The experiences of building this system have been distilled into a book, now in its third edition. The new editions were necessary due to the changes in the technology and the availability of the components. I still… [Read More]