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We are approaching the point where the average Last Frost Date for our respective regions / areas will pass and we can start placing more sensetive plants outdoors for hardening in Polytunnels and greenhouses etc.

Here is a great image you can refer to, it is a zoomed out map of the UK with coloured areas indicating temperatre changes and the subsequent expected annual last frost date.

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Whilst this map is useful in checking your general area, you may want to zoom in and confirm exactly where your land sits, on This Site (< Click) you can zoom in further and also click on either the name where you live or another local name which is listed…

I just came across this interview on Alchemy Radio (An online alternative podcast / show) a couple of days ago, Dr. Wayne has good plans and future transition options for a better future for worldwide society.

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Dr. Wayne speacks about various subjects such as water retention / sustainable regeneration, aquaponics, land regeneration, Permaculture, Free courses online etc.

Find the interview Here: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/alchemyradio/episodes/2017-04-27T10_54_41-07_00

 

 

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London Permaculture Festival 2017 (30th July)

I am happy to advise that the date of the 2017 London Permaculture Festival has been announced!

The annual event is always held at the Cecil Sharp House (home of the English Folk Dance Society) in Camden, North london.
There are workshops going on indoors and out, activities for everyone including families and children, you can usually purchase home made foods and drink with other things like an exotic / rare plant nursery which sell plants that are well suited to Permaculture design in that they have multiple functions ….

As I have mentioned in the past in previous posts (2015) and (2016),  there is an array of free workshops going on during the event and you have the opportunity to learn lots about Permaculture and alternative lifestyle or sustainability oriented changes.

The event will take place on Sunday the 30th of July and the entry fee remains the same at £6 normal entry and £4 for concessions, it runs from 11am to 6pm and all under 18 go in for free.

Click Here for the London Permaculture Festival Home Page – includes a video

 

 

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Looking at my ”Country Stat’s” on this blog, it looks like the Philippines is going to take the lead ahead of Australia this month in views (Australia seems to always be third in my stats right after UK and USA who always both dominate 1st and 2nd place), I’m not entirely sure why they suddenly seem to be searching for Permaculture or finding my blog in particular (Perhaps it is my previous article on GM Rice?) but I have decided to dedicate an article based on Organic and Permaculture projects that I have seen there. I have previously searched for either a Permaculture Farm / Forest Garden or Tour video to include the country in my long list of ”Videos and Tours”. I just never got around to sharing or writing an article so, here we have a few videos to view for any Filipino’s looking to self educate and then be able to try grow healthy food  for themselves and family / community.

So, Salamat for Stopping By, here are a few videos, Some are in Tagalog and I think the one in Bohol is in Bisaya with some English thrown in by the video uploader and some of his friends, enjoy:

Video 1: Urban Agriculture Philippines – (15 mins), container growing, aquaponics, rabbits etc.in an Urban setting (Tagalog)

Video 2: Maribojoc Organic Demo Farm Bohol pt1 (After Watching Part 1, the other parts will be available to watch on the side suggestion bar on youtube) – Entrance to this Demonstration Farm is PHP30 per person! That’s Cheap considering what you will learn …

https://youtu.be/X4AMG6P9qww

Video 3: 1 Project Freedom, a Permaculture Demonstration Site, Tublay, Benguet, Philippines (It will be interesting to learn from them if one can take the time out to go on a tour and visit the site)

Please remember, this is an active blog where you Do Not need an account to be able to use my comments section, anyone can comment selecting ”post as Guest”, please comment and get communicating with me and others, Permaculture is also about community and learning 🙂

Further Reading / Educational = Previous Article: How to build a Banana Circle to increase crop flavour, nutrition and yield!

 

In the Metro London newspaper today I read an article which is basically reporting on a possible push for the all out ban on Diesel engined vehicles starting in London to help the countries ”commitment” in reducing emissions.

I am not a fan of mainstream media at all and this is why! (They either don’t know themselves [yet can still call themselves ”Investigative Journalists!”], or they are perhaps deliberately keeping quiet on the subject below?)
Most people do not know that the Diesel Engine was actually designed with Bio Fuels in mind! The inventor himself spoke of this in the days of his creation, In fact, there are companies out there that not only produce kits which you can install in your Diesel engined vehicle, they even offer a full installation as well.
These kits are filtration systems which enable you to run your vehicle on Frying Oils which you can obtain for Free from restaurants and Take Away shops such as fish and chip shops etc!
It doesn’t mean that you have to choose between Diesel or Bio-Fuels only, you can run your vehicle on both albeit not at the same time so, Diesel can be the back up once your supply of Free Vegetable Oil runs dry for a period of time!

Don’t like the idea of installing a filtration kit? No problem, there are people who pre-filter and refine these oils for you and you pay them per liter! I have heard that there is one operating in the Elephant and Castle area of South London and I think they are based at a Farmers Market. The pre-filtered / refined Bio Fuel can be used directly in the Engine itself without any modifications being done!

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Stop Heathrow Expansion! Clean Air Is More Important Than A Stronger Economy For The Rich …

Another article I read today in another newspaper on my commute home, states that ”staff at Heathrow Airport” are to be given a £2000 incentive per vehicle, if they switch from diesel Engined vehicles to Petrol ones, they claimed in the article that staff drive 27,000 Diesel Vehicles into Heathrow, reading on, it became clear that these are not personal vehicles but all the combined vehicles from contractors and essential equipment at the airport!
So the agenda is clear, with the push for a Third Runway at the busiest airport in the World, which is in the city that has been rated as having the worst air quality in the whole of Europe… it’s obvious that there is some kind of underhand corruption going on. I don’t know about you, but honestly, I couldn’t give a Cr*p about what some business think tank says about our economy if ”we don’t listen  and not build a third runway” .. I really couldn’t care, isn’t it obvious /common sensical that we would rather have clean air and healthy bodies than a predicted better economy?
What good is having a secured low waged job at Heathrow only to be diagnosed with Cancer well before you get to retire?!?

People Need To Start Thinking For Themselves And Not What Their Newspaper Tells Them!

The Conspiracy Starts Here:

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Rudolf Diesel: Intended The Diesel Engine To Be Run On Bio Fuels

1: The Government does not give companies with Diesel vehicle fleets any tax breaks if they use Bio Fuels in their vehicles,
2: With the above in mind, then do they really want to meet or exceed their targets for low emissions? Why can I get a tax break if I fill up with Diesel but not when I fill up with Bio-Fuels despite receiving a Receipt from the Fuel Supplier?
3: Currently, the Diesel engine is an already existing design which works with Bio-Fuels without much needed modifications (If any at all), So Why Ban Them ?!?! They are basically Getting Rid Of The Solution!

What are your thoughts on this subject? Please do make use of the comment’s section, anyone can comment even without logging into a WordPress account or Discus, just select the guest option …

Article ”Ford and Diesel Never Intended Cars To Use Gasoline”


References to Mainstream Media Articles on the subject:

The Standard (Article from 2016)

The Telegraph (Article from January 2017)

Image obtained from theFREETHOUGHTPROJECT.com

Just the other day I was in a desperate need of any kind of container to plant some Sunchokes (aka Jerusalem Artichokes), Comfrey Bocking 14 and ‘Czar’ Runner Beans which I was ”gifting” to some relatives overseas. I had said that the plants will need some care until a root system was established because these plants are going from a Temperate Climate into the Tropics and luckily I happened upon these ready to be thrown away bags, from a recent clothing shopping spree.

Paper bags are ususally quite strong when supplied in Malls / Shops where the customer is expected to buy heavy loads, the best part is that I intend to merely submerge the plant with it’s paper ”pot” directly into the ground such as those common compostable / biodegradeable plant pots – completely eliminating the need for plastics and giving the plant and other organisms some additional nutrients!

Method:

Step 1: Take bag and cut vertically in half, you can pull out any handles / straps and re-use those later if you like

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Re-purposing a Bench Paper Bag into Two Plant Pots – Step 1

Step 2: Once cut, lay both pieces down on their thinner Vertical Sides as in the below photo, then deicde for yourself how large (wide at the base) you need your two pots so you can follow the follding lines and cutting lines in the diagram further below …

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Re-Purposing a Bench Paper Bag into Two Plant Pots – Step 2

Step 3: In the below diagram, the following notes are key to complete this project:

The RED Line is the base Horizontal folding line,
The two Orange Lines are the side Vertical folding lines
The two Dotted Green Lines are the only cuts you will need to make

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Once all folded and ready
, the final step is using a stapler to keep it together and perhaps to re-attach the handles for ease of transport and handling (Optional)

 

Nevermind mechanical tractors, the Chicken Tractor is not really a machanical machine at all, it’s just a quirky nickname for something far better than a Petrol Guzzling Monoculture Farmageddon contraption…

Simply put, a Chicken Tractor is a Chicken Coop on wheels, without a floor so that the Chickens can forage on the ground beneath the Tractor for a day then the Tractor will be moved the length of the coop the next morning in a rotation around a pre-designed (And pre-seeded) Plot of Land. This provides natural food (vegetation as well as insects) and a more natural almost free range style environment for them!
The benefits are good, The birds rely on less imports (feed) so it is a cost saver, they are healthier, the land gets ‘scratched over’ with pests becoming Chook food, the ground also gets manured so that the perennial greens have sufficient nutrients to sprout back before the Tractor is back in the same spot after sometime.

In the below Video, Joel Slatin (aka the Nutcase Farmer) explains the concept on his industrial sized enterprise:

Some more designs:

Article on Wikipedia:

Chicken tractors allow free ranging along with shelter, allowing chickens fresh forage such as grass, weeds and bugs (although these will quickly be stripped away if the tractor remains in the same place for too long), which widens their diet and lowers their feed needs. Unlike fixed coops, chicken tractors do not have floors so there is no need to clean them out. They echo a natural, symbiotic cycle of foraging through which the birds eat down vegetation, deposit fertilizing manure, then go on to a new area.

The term chicken tractor comes from the chickens performing many functions normally performed using a modern farm tractor: functions like digging and weeding the soil in preparation for planting trees or crops or fertilizing and weeding to enhance the growth of crops and trees already planted.

With chicken tractors flock owners can raise poultry in an extensive environment wherein the birds have access to fresh air, sunlight, forage and exercise, which caged birds in commercial coops do not have. With the coop on only a small area at any given time, the field has time to wholly regrow and more birds can be fed than if they were allowed to freely roam. A chicken tractor also gives some shelter from predators and weather. Moreover, hens lay eggs in nest boxes rather than hiding them in foliage.

In the below videos (Both less than 2 / 3 min’s each) the Guy explains the setup on day one of the tractor and birds being put into place, then day two (2nd Video) you see the area after the Tractor is relocated and the effects / benefits of Chicken Tractoring.
These two videos are what first made me understand the full reasoning and intent / benefits behind this practice a couple years ago when I first came across the concept.

Video 1; Chicken Tractor on first location:
https://youtu.be/3Er7R-AKQGg

Video 2; Result day after adn explanation of findings:
https://youtu.be/GQE0WyxgTT4