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Hi everyone, It’s been ages since I have posted anything, as you may be guessing, it’s because of the growing season! Being the owner of two gardens (one is an allotment) you can mostly understand that I have my hands full!

In the meantime, other than the news that things might go quite well for me this year on the allotment side, I have gotten hold of a nice handy little A4 companion planting guide which can be printed out and stuck at the back of a shed door, inside a greenhouse or in a gardening notebook.

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Unfortunately when printed out (at least with my printer), the black text seems to be a little faded.

I hope this helps you out with your planting in the meantime whilst I spend time away from the interweb, many updates are in the pipeline, but for now …

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

 

 

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

This is something I have been meaning to write about for quite some time now, in my travels across the capital I am constantly reminded bout these great ideas including sometimes at properties I see during my working hours! Can you imagine how much nicer our cities and living areas would look if a large majority were covered in Living Green Roofs?

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I have, in the past written an article on Eco Friendly buildings, here I am concentrating on Green Roofing at our homes or existing buildings, some people even create smaller ones on top of their bin sheds which are merely a few feet across and wide!
Although this is not a top priority right now for me (With all of my current projects ongoing), I will hereby make a pact that I will create at least one in my small garden on my rented property as well as one larger one (probably on top of my shed) on my Allotment (What is an Allotment?)

Examples of Green Roofs in a Modern Building Setting:

According to the London Wildlife Trust, London itself loses around ”Two and a Half Hyde Park’s” Sized worth of Green Urban Habitat and Forage ground due mainly to Hard Surface Landscaping in front and back gardens across the capital – one small way to revert and give back even just a little is to Create a Green Roof on part or even the whole of a building on the specified property.

Structures such as Bin Sheds, Wood Pile Roofs, Garden Sheds, Garages, Outdoor Rooms, Office Blocks, Houses and even part of your Conservatory can be adapted to a Green Roof Structure!

Some Other Examples:

Things to Consider before starting a Green Roof, and further comstruction information:

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All Information Below is obtained from The Green Roof Centre’s Website

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Extensive green roofs which are designed not to be trafficked and are therefore relatively undisturbed, can offer a very
good habitat for plants, birds and insects. There is evidence throughout Europe, that with the right design, green roofs
can encourage ground nesting birds such as lapwings, skylarks, oystercatchers and plovers.
Green roofs are able to create a “green corridor” through an urban environment helping the movement and dispersal
of wildlife.
– greenroofcode.co.uk
Other Links and Resources / How To:
Permaculture.co.uk Article 1

I really resonate with what David Holmgren says in this short video about protesting and what Permaculture can do, how it can be used to eventually cause real change in our lives and our world ….

Over the last few years, I have been quite interested in observing how some buildings especially large warehouses in Industrial Estates have such huge roof space and all that it is used for is mounting a few air conditioning units!
With the improvements in Solar Cell technology (including wind turbines), surely if at least 50% of all larger buildings in Estates such as these as well as Shopping Malls, Schools etc. were to be fitted with Photovoltaic Solar Panels then we would see a massive decrease in the need or reliance on polluting fossil fuels as well as Nuclear ! ?

City Square Mall Singapore, Rooftop includes Solar Panels, Green Living Plants and Rainwater Harvesting!

City Square Mall Singapore, Rooftop includes Solar Panels, Green Living Plants and Rainwater Harvesting!

I completely agree that renewable energy is not something we can 100% rely on just yet, but slowly phasing out the need for these other primitive and environmentally destructive forms of energy until we gain the know how to become 100% reliant on renewables, is definitely something that needs to be done as a priority worldwide. Click Here for the Article on City Square Mall (Above Photo) in Singapore.

Solar Panels on an IKEA Superstore

Solar Panels on an IKEA Superstore

This is not entirely restricted to energy production, there is also food production as an option and this is becoming more popular worldwide! In England and also in many other countries, local authorities provide plots of land for rent to local residents at a rental fee (per year) which they can use to grow their own food, host a few bee hives etc. even just to be able to garden … Unfortunately, they cannot provide enough of these plots (Called Allotments in the UK) and some councils are selling them for private development! Not only this but running your own little plot on an allotment site also requires you to have reasonable transport options, many people do not own cars and also allotment sites can be too far from ones home.

Rooftop Gardening may help alleviate this problem:

Note: I read somewhere a few years ago that New York is estimated to have enough roof space to feed 15 Million people! I do not know if this is on an annual basis calculation but if I ever come across the study I will most definitely post it here as an article with a link!

Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (NY).  20 June 2010. Photo: Antoine Doyen

Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (NY). 20 June 2010. Photo: Antoine Doyen

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rooftop farm New York

Rooftop Farm - Brooklyn Grange NY

Rooftop Farm – Brooklyn Grange NY

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Rooftop Farm – Brooklyn Grange NY 1

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Rooftop Farm – Location Unknown

Rooftop Farm Antwerp, Belgium

Rooftop Farm / Garden, Antwerp, Belgium

Stacey Kimmons and Audra Lewicki harvest lettuce at the Chicago Botanic Garden's 20,000-square-foot vegetable garden atop McCormick Place West in Chicago.

Stacey Kimmons and Audra Lewicki harvest lettuce at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s 20,000-square-foot vegetable garden atop McCormick Place West in Chicago.

I remember now my first few visits on a Permaculture Forum online where I was asking loads of questions with the reply generally being ‘ do you really need to go out and buy it? look around, ask neighbours, look on freecycle, streetbank etc. ‘

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It took a while to sink in, what was the problem in buying a few essentials, I thought. Now years later, I find it quite un-moralistic to get to a garden centre or DIY type store to get something which, may very well be lying in a rubble skip two streets away from my house! I strongly believe, or Know that consumer culture is pretty much responsible for most of the issues we have in this world today including War.

Here is one small idea I am sharing of the permaculture mind vs the consumer culture mind, my goal is merely to show you the great difference even in such a small case and if you apply this in almost every situation you come across, your life will change for the better!

Every so often, I came across people (some are friends and colleagues) whom have consumerism so engrained into their minds that they even disregard recycling, reusing, re-purposing etc. almost as some sort of alien practice that needs to be eradicated for the fear of an economic collapse if everyone suddenly started living in an eco mindset! One example being when I discovered Honey (even willow leaves soaked in water) is a great alternative to rooting hormone (when you root plant cuttings in water or compost, you can use honey instead of buying a special gel or powder), a good friend of mine was adamant that it would not work, that it is probably just ”some old folks tale” and that ”I should go to the B&Q or Homebase to buy the hormone gel”. Fortunately, I am the master of my own self and trusted my source, I have never and will never need to buy any rooting gel or powders due to the Honey WORKING!

An unusual post, yes. I just hope that I may have planted a seed of thought in some of you

Example of Permaculture vs Consumerculture:

Scenario: You need some stirdy sticks to stake your tomato plants

Consumer:
Get in car / walk to bus stop or train station,
Travel for a period of time to get to shop / garden centre,
Spend time looking for item, probably distracted by stuff you didn’t go there for and don’t need,
Purchase item/s with money,
Travel back to home,
Spend time outside staking the plants,
Time consumed? Anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 or 3 hours (depending on transport and locality of shop / garden centre)
Pollution: Contributed through transport AND purchasing a processed product that has packaging etc.
Money spent? Anywhere between £2 and £10 for a pack of canes, separate charge for twine etc.

Item used? Possibly contaminated with chemicals due to factory processing and any preservation agents for storage

Permie:
Looks at tomatoes,decides they need staking,
Grabs secateurs or loppers and searches around garden for dead branches on shrubs and trees,Cuts suitable sized branches,
Goes back to tomato bed and stakes the plants.
Time consumed? Perhaps 10 minutes all together if extra time spent looking for dead branches
Effort? Minimal
Pollution? None (Zero)
Money Spent? Zero
Item used? Organic