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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 …

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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

One door closes…

Posted: November 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

Money over Humanity seems to be a reoccuring theme in society these days …

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…and another door opens.

Warning: This post may contain rancour and traces of bitterness.

Three months ago we were informed that because the farm is not making money, we would have to vacate the Ecocentre (which would be rented out as a commercial property) and use either the kitchen or a barn.

The barn, being badly lit, leaky, windowless, unheated and infested with mice, was deemed unsuitable, despite promises to make it right. We’ve been promised things before.

The kitchen is a bit on the small side for the group, particularly when you get two electric wheelchairs in there, but it is better than the barn. We looked at alternatives, but there really wasn’t anything suitable, so we agreed to go into the kitchen.

We did, however, ask if we could lease it on a three year rolling lease and run it as a social enterprise because we wanted security for…

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I am in no way going to be benefiting from this financially, however, as an avid follower of Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture methods, I stumbled upon this excellent deal which, I unfortunately cannot take advantage of due to already owning Both books 😦

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Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture and Desert of Paradise – Huge Discounted Offer

The Books: ‘Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture’ and the equally interesting ‘Desert or Paradise, Restoring Endangered Landscapes using Water Mangement, including Lake and Pond Construction‘ are Both on a very good clearance offer for only £18.95 with free delivery for Both Books, this is a massive saving of £16.95 and just short of getting one of the books for Free! – on the website Green Shopping which stocks a wide range of books and magazines not only from Permanent Publications. Click here for the offer (Note, the link is likely to become unuseable once they stop the offer or sell out).

Are you interested in Permaculture, Organic Gardening, Wildlife Gardening, establishing a Rural self sufficient homestead or related? Then Get These Books! You will kick yourself in the future for not having taken this deal …

It’s Apple Season 2016!
Here is a super simple recipe on how to make Apple Cider Vinegar and Apple Cider! This is easily the easiest method with the least effort, the result is delicious albeit with only a low percentage of alcohol (3% +) in the Cider

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Having been in quite a lot of gardens all around London over the last half decade, I can say that it is encouraging that so many people have at least some (or one) apple trees on their properties, some have multiple including neighbour’s trees hanging over their walls, unfortunately as observed, many of these apples end up rotting on the lawn and beds and, in most cases, the families / house residents sometimes don’t even pick a single apple in the season! Has there been change in the generations? Have people become more wealthy? It could also be the change of lifestyle which may include consuming far more time with technology and going out, eating out etc. …

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One great way to use up the excess apples is by making Hard Apple Cider and Cider Vinegar, the vinegar is reportedly very long lasting so dry storage…

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In this video, the land owner describes the soil / subterrenian water issues, annual rainfall and family requirement calculations for an off grid system – how they are resolved, water storage and use, solar heating, solar water pumping, indigenous plants – as well as liquid fertilising – this is an almost off-grid Urban Permaculture Homestead and some things can be learned in this video tour.
I didn’t note any mentioned plans for animal keeping or even bees for that matter so it would be interesting to catch an update of the system and how it has changed or improved over the last few years since 2014…

I would reccommend that the land owner in this case to take a look into studying Holzer Permaculture specifically in Water Retention, this will help solve his water storage / retention issues.

The video is around 8 min’s and there are good ideas to follow from watching …

Hi everyone, check out my Recipe Here for a very nice Courgette Cake (We call Zucchinis ”Courgettes’ here in the UK) that anyone would love even people who claim to hate vegetables … Enjoy! 🙂