Category Archives: Permaculture

Slow burn echinacea

I’ve lost count of how many years ago I bought a pack of echinacea seeds, sowed them and tended the seedlings till they were ready to go out in the front garden. Nothing happened, they appeared to die. So, I … Continue reading

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Thirty a week?

There seemed to be quite a lot of interest in the post ‘Over 60’ I wrote a few days ago. One question I couldn’t answer was how much fruit and veg should we perhaps be consuming in a given time-frame. … Continue reading

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Nine-star broccoli

It’s a few years since I was introduced to The Backyard Larder. This is a specialist nursery which sells perennial vegetables. I get the impression that business has been booming since lockdown, which is undoubtedly one of the plus sides … Continue reading

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Over 60

Robin Harford is a forager who I receive regular newsletters from. In his most recent he mentioned that the average person eats a range of 20-30 plant foods. I presume that is in say a year rather than in one … Continue reading

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A scattering of buckwheat

During the heatwave last week, the purple sprouting broccoli seedlings in the shed got forgotten. Just for a day. They were cooped up without fresh air and water, so when I finally remembered them, they were more than a little … Continue reading

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Making the switch: Ecotricity

Last Sunday, I watched a webinar in which Jen Gale, author of The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide, gave an overview of her book. This was the prompt for me to switch my energy supplier. I’d seen adverts for Ecotricity in Permaculture … Continue reading

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Popping up

I got quite excited at the weekend. Shoots were starting to appear where two weeks ago I’d sown a mixture of beans by covering them with manure. Upon inspection, these shoots turned out to be nasturtiums, which are also welcome … Continue reading

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An elaborate bird table

This morning, I noticed that the birds had been fussing with the straw over the beans I’d sown yesterday. I wasn’t sure if they were after the one or the other, but as we were off out I kicked the … Continue reading

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A new way of sowing beans

Way back at the beginning of lockdown, I was alerted to the fact that the Permaculture film ‘Inhabit’ was free to view at the moment. As I’m not great at watching things, I’d not got round to watching it till … Continue reading

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Didn’t expect more purple

Usually, I kill sage before it has chance to flower. This year is different. As I had never seen sage flowers before, I had not known what to expect and was totally charmed when the buds burst yesterday. With purple … Continue reading

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