Here is the general UK Hardiness Zone Map with a helpful Key to give you all a general idea of what Zone you are situated in, aparrently the UK Zone system is based on the US system with only changes to the colours.

This is helpful for anyone who is planning or will be obtaining plants especially perennials to be planted before the worst of Winter, always check whether the plant is suited to your Zone’s expected worst cold weather temperatures!

Hardiness Zone Map

UK Hardiness Zone Map

The Orange blip on the south easterly end of the map would be the London Microclimate, I could not locate any map online which pinpoints major towns or cities so the above map can be a little difficult to figure out … so for example, does the London microclimate extend to Greater London or just within the confines of the city and it’s immediate sorrounding suburbs?

KEY BELOW

Hardiness Zones Key

UK Hardiness Zone Map Key and Temperatures

The best site for checking each plant’s Zone hardiness is PFAF.

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I have been making Apple Cider (even a semi Pear Cider) and Cider Vinegar using a very very very veeerrrry simple recipe now for 3 years running, so simple in fact that you Do Not Need a Fruit Press!

Young Organic Apple Jonagold on an urban Permaculture Farm

Organically Grown Jonagold Apples – Cider & Vinegar Making

What you need is: Apples, Water, Container/s (5ltr / 1 Gal), Sugar (1 Cup), Knife with Chopping board … and Time – That’s It!

What I recommend is to get hold of a few different varieties of apple (even some pears), try your best not to use only one apple variety.

Click the Link Here for the full recipe with explanation between Cider only and Cider Vinegar as the final result.

This should be the second, perhaps the third video I have posted with Mike Feingold (an Old-School UK Permaculturist) Here he gives a tour of the Allotment he manages in Bristol.
I like this guy’s style, a friend of mine told me about the Permaculture gardens at the festival and so it is now good to be able to see what she was talking about … follow Mike around the site which includes explanations of eco construction, Heugelkultur beds, raised beds etc.

 

I’m not entirely sure why it is filmed with almost 90% black and white filter (it must have been a hipster filming! 😉 but I’m sure you can sit through it till the end as it is worth it.

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For more info:

 

I will (hopefully weekly) be posting part by part, all of the episodes of Living With The Land which is a series shot by the good people involved with the Permaculture scene (mainly Permaculture Media) in the UK.

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Just one example of how inside / part of a Forest Garden looks like

In this episode they discuss the concept behind Forest Gardening and how it is done, it includes some interview time with Martin Crawford who is known famously in the UK scene as he owns and has been maintaining a 20+ year old forest garden.

 

Follow my blog for updates when I post the following videos in the series, for the imaptient, you can view the series on their youtube channel from the above video.

Here is the first line from the only book of Ian Buckminster Fuller’s book ‘Operating Manual Spaceship Earth’ which always resonated well and sat with me after accidentally coming across him / his book synchronistaically whilst searching for Patrick Whitefield’s ‘Earthcare Manual’ (Must get to whipping that one down from the bookshelf too!).

I just posted a quote from him recently a few days back.

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Ian Buckminster Fuller Quote – Circa 1970’s

I came across this interesting Project in Kenya which is funded to help tribal women create a sustainable income for themselves.

It is just nice to see Permaculture projects like this springing up all over the world especially in areas in much of a need of sustainable projects for the local populace. I must state as having lived and resided in both ”First and Third world’ countries on different continents over the last 30 odd years, that we in the Industrial North (Europe etc.) have no right in claiming that Developing nations are over-populated and need any forms of control (trust me, many people I know have this  kind of paradigm and often, are very intelligent people as well) Intelligence though, in my opinion, is trumped by Wisdom.

The fact is that these contients were doing pretty well for themselves until foreign invaders came along (Colonialism) to bring them Religion, ”Civilisation”, Materialism and Monoculture Farming methods as well as death by non compliance …

The below video is in English but with German Subtitiles as well.

The women in the village are lucky enough to have a local Permaculturist at hand whom is getting funding to be able to help them bring about a sustainable way of providing income, not only with the Aloe plants / farming but also with Bees etc.

You can help support the project here at the Lush website as some products they sell are made from the same Aloe supplied by the tribeswomen.

For more on African / Kenyan related Permaculture, check out an older post on African Keyhole Raised Beds.

This is a really important quote to me, this man knew the problems we were and are facing currently, he could see it, he saw through the glossyness of ”Western Civilisation” and what it meant (or what was coming) to the rest of the world …

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Ian Buckminster Fuller


“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.

To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
R. Buckminster Fuller

I just wish voters would ponder long and hard on this one!