I think I saw this documentary around 2012, this is definitely the most well-researched, informed and put together documentary regarding the evidence that Cell phone / Mobile Phone, Wifi, RF and other Emf transmission technology Does In Fact have a pretty severely negative effect on most living organisms including us.

This is not the documentary that you should save to watch later, you need to see this now and share it with as many contacts as you can ! ! !

With 5G being sneakily brought into our societies around mainly the western world behind our backs, this is only going to get worse, 5G ‘technology’ is far more harmful and powerful than anything that came before it, it is also designed to work over short distances and so, they will be installing the antennas all over. In the UK it has been exposed by insiders that the 5G antennas have been included in LED street lights that have recently been installed by many Councils – soon you will not have to worry about the large mobile phone mast a few hundred meters from your house as you will have 5 you can see right in your street from your front window!!

Click on the slide and play the below video from the 42:25 mark until 42:41, this is precisely what I have been saying for years regarding scientists and whim they work for / where the funding comes from.

If your council has recently put up new LED lamp heads on your older street lamp posts, try see if you can see an antenna on top (Usually a short black stick-like antenna) this means they have placed the 5G technology into government property without our consent .. ie: you and I are paying for this so that large corporations can earn billions whilst we get adverse health effects but hey, at least we will have super-fast Wifi right???

The documentary in numbers:

Over the last 25 years, 5 butterfly species have become extinct in Britain, 36 species of Australian Shore birds have decreased in numbers by 75%, 50% decline in all European Grassland Butterflies, Bee numbers have dropped by about 70%, Half of all known British butterfly species are under threat of extinction, 62% of Asian waterbirds Declining or Extinct, 4 species of American Bee have declined by 98% … the list goes on.

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I didn’t have much time today at the allotment, it was basically a quick W.H,R .. (Water, Harvest … Run) session, in order to make sure I take time for myself and cool down a bit – I took  my camera along for some progress pictures.

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9 different ”things” were harvested today, (my dried Lemon Balm is not in the picture):

  1. Tomato ‘Purple Ukraine’ – the big redish split tomatoes in the left of the pic,
  2. Aztec Broccoli – the bunch of flower tips in the top left,
  3. Czar Runner Beans – the green beans,
  4. Purple French Beans,
  5. Belleville Sorrel (perennial)- the large leaves on the right,
  6. Salad Burnet (Perennial) – the jagged-edged leaves below the Sorrel (Is also a wild flower),
  7. Fennel – next to the Salad Burnet,
  8. Over-ripe tomatoes (Purple Ukraine and Bush Legend) – these are to save seed from
  9. A batch of shed-dried Lemon Balm for tea

The tomatoes must have been a little bit dry so when we had that rain the other day the fruits then split, nevertheless I cut out the manky bits and chopped the rest up to be used either in a soup or pasta dish. I’m contemplating using the beans to make a jar of pickled beans for winter storage as I should still get loads off of the upcoming bean plants – the Sorrel, Fennel and Salad Burnet were pretty much devoured today in a very nice Salad everyone enjoyed.

Thinking back, I could have probably kicked over one or two of the Potato planters to get a harvest, that’s the good thing about Potatoes, they stay in until you need them – this year I have made pretty decent effort in potato production, there are two planters at home (one only went in recently), 3 planters on the allotment and one group in the ground that is the most recent of the Allotment potatoes – I placed these in a companion planting / support guild with the Purple French Beans

Food foraging wise, I found a nice fig tree local to my workplace and managed perhaps half a kilo of fruit from it, as much as I’d like to make a fig only jam, this really isn’t enough so I may experiment with Fig, Blackberry and Elderberry mix or perhaps just head over to a veg shop and buy another half-kilo to make the jam? ….

Decisions .. decisions

In Permaculture practice often ‘Stacking Functions’ is something one hears from time-to-time, here is a very brief example of Stacking something to form more than one function or purpose …

Today I got hold of dried Cordyline Leaves and I can tell from past experience that once composted, you should get a very nice textured compost that has good structure (with the only downside being time of composting). The plan was only to chop them up and add them into my 4 compost bins but I also decided to place some in heavy duty bags such as re-used compost bags and let them to sit out of sight (perhaps behind a shed?) and compost down on their own, out of the way until needed.

Organic Compost from Cordyline Leaves

Organic Compost from Cordyline Leaves

The solution to try get them a bit of a kick start was to throw them into a bucket of water that has a handfull or so of Chicken Manure Pellets pre-mixed in and let to soak up for 24-48 hours.

Step two is merely throwing the amount of chopped and soaked leaves required to fill Half of the bag and further pack the other half of the bag with a dry bunch of the leaves to help soak up any excess moisture, then puncture some holes in the bag (so that worms can get in) and pack the bag away until needed.

Second Function =

now instead of just pouring out the leftover liquid from the bucket randomly into a bed somewhere or into a drain, you will make the effort to use it diluted as a plant feed in your garden as Chicken Manure is high in Nitrogen…

Another quick example is with plants, the Elaeagnus umbellata’ (Autumn Olive) is a shrub which is common in Permaculture Food Forest design guilds, the plant is deciduous (leaves fall in winter so can be used to provide shade in summer and allow light to penetrate in winter), it is a Nitrogen fixer, which means it is able to provide extra nitrogen naturally to any neighbouring plants thereby helping to support them in a symbiotic system, the final benefit is that it also provides a useful delicious berry in Summer  / Autumn.

Over the weekend I was blessed with quite a few Butterflies (I installed a Buddleia early this year) and saw a Lacewing which so far, I don’t recall seeing one in the last few years in either my garden or allotment …

I also got out and secured a second batch of Nettle Seeds (I started using these and foraging for them last year), they are great added in practically anything from smoothies to porridge, salads, soups etc etc! This year has been a little weird with the weather and so, they are ripening far too quickly and soon won’t be available so get out soon and get snipping! I’ve now got 3 seed tray bottoms full of Nettle seed stalks drying out on windowsills, I estimate that if you find good decent nettle seed, that a half shopping carrier bag to a full one will supply a small family with enough till next season.

Elderberries are already ripening everywhere I go, again, since it has been such a dry summer, I’ve observed that many of them have already rejected much of their fruit as a survival tactic, so only take what you need and don’t overdo it. I have a couple recipes for Elderberry so as usual, I would recommend you immediately freeze them when you get home as you may not have gotten enough on your first session to make something – also, they are far easier to remove from their flower stalks when frozen.

Elderberries do wonders for our immune systems, hence why nature gives them to us just at the end of summer towards the cold / hibernation / dormancy months …

I am a subscriber to an online Petition / activist group called Someofus.org, they send me a few emails per week of various online petitions regarding mostly, environmental issues worldwide.

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The following is copied text from one of these emails which I received last year sometime and I honestly forgot to share with you all, for that I apologise … however, although this information may be Gold, keep in mind that there is a lot of information out there pretty much proving that these chemicals are just not good at all for us and the environment …

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Petition Email sent from SomeOfUs.org

A federal judge in the United States recently ordered Monsanto to release 250 pages of internal documents, and what they revealed is practically criminal: Monsanto has known for 17 years that glyphosate, the main ingredient in its pesticide Roundup, could cause cancer.

And they launched a massive coverup to make sure we never found out.

The released documents — dubbed the “Monsanto papers” — show the agricultural giant has been manipulating research, colluding with a senior government official at the US Environmental Protection Agency, and providing bogus articles to government agencies — all to refute the fact that glyphosate is a carcinogen.

Monsanto has proven itself completely untrustworthy and an ongoing risk to public health. It should never be allowed to merge with Bayer — which would only make both companies more powerful and give them control over our food supply from seed to plate.

Here’s what happened: In 1999, Monsanto commissioned a researcher to study glyphosate and prove that it does not cause cancer. However, the scientist found just the opposite — that glyphosate had properties likely to be carcinogenic.

Rather than do the ethical thing and stop using glyphosate, Monsanto buried the study and began a massive campaign to “prove” that glyphosate did not cause cancer.

Internal corporate communications uncovered by the courts show that Monsanto conspired with an EPA deputy director to stop reviews of the effects of glyphosate by government agencies. The same EPA official also tipped off the company to a glyphosate report released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, giving Monsanto the time it needed to build a public relations onslaught against the findings.

The agri-giant paid for their own studies defending glyphosate use, and then hired scientists to write articles for academic journals using the studies. These articles were then used by the EPA and the European Food Safety Authority to determine that Roundup was safe to use on food crops.

And we only know about the coverup because of a lawsuit by people claiming they got cancer from using Roundup.

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I almost decided not to go to this year’s London Permaculture Festival, not sure why, maybe it was being a little bit tired and having some things to do which I hadn’t worked on yet (the festival was on Sunday 29th July). I  pulled myself out to go and still didn’t or never will regret it!

Funnily enough, London has had barely any rain for the last Two months at the very least and when the LPF event is on then the Rain came quite heavily the previous night, it might have been a little bit of a disappointment for the organisers as, if the weather was the usual 27- 30+ degree C weather I bet the turnout would have been quite heavy – at least now we can identify the true Permies in London, the ones not scared of mother Earth’s life..

Anyway, I’m now a proud 4 Year straight LPF Bum!

Partially one reason why I’m always excited to go is mainly the rare edible plants you can find for sale there which are perennial and are always great additions to any Food Forest of any size, this year’s availability was great and included species which I don’t recall being available in previous years (unless they were sold before I got there?).

London Permaculture Festival 2018 timetable

LPF 2018 Workshop Timetable

 

As usual the extensive workshops going on during the day are very educational and are all included in the door charge so you can go to as many workshops as you can physically attend between 11am and 5pm! I would like to have attended the Beekeeping workshop but since I did attend one in 2014 given by  ”the barefoot beekeeper” it wasn’t such a major loss … The ”How to grow LOTS of herbs and microgreens in a small space” event was very educational and was given by the same chap who did last year’s event which covered growing lots of vegetables and fruits in containers. I ended up my day attending the ”building with Strawbales” workshop which was also educational.

Various hand crafted goods, clothing and consumables such as soaps, health products etc. were on sale both inside the main hall as well as in the entrance car park – activist and awareness groups were educating visitors about various concerns etc.

Permanent Publications always have discounts going on and this time if you paid the £5 for the latest issue of Permaculture Magazine, they allowed you to pick any of the available back-issues on the table to take for free … I had subsequently just ran out of my cash budget a few minutes before when I bought a half year’s supply of hand made herb soap and couldn’t take advantage of that nice offer 😦

I did not have a camera at hand this time – however I did some good photographing of previous years: 201520162017

Crazy day (yesterday), 4am wake up, check outside (rain / wetness status) and prepare seed trays for final crops that are able to be sowed in July, go to work and finish an our later than normal … come home, eat and get busy in the kitchen!
So last night I made the Banana Loaf and followed it up with a few jars of home made Chutney, it’s been a good while since I made a Chutney and I only did it as I had more than a Kilogram of foraged red plums that were harvested before ripening, they are a bit too tart to enjoy as they are and I was running out of my last couple home made chutneys from previous years …

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For now, here is the Banana Loaf recipe, I might only share the Chutney recipe at a later date as it was also an experiment and I will need to age the Chutney for at least one month before I can do a taste test.

If you have never made a cake before, this is a great beginner recipe with only 5 ingredients!

Banana Loaf:

3x medium or 2x large very ripe bananas,

250g self raising flour,

120g Sugar,

2x Eggs,

125g Butter, cut into small pieces at room temp

1x Greased Cake Loaf Tin (I usually use a small amount of Olive Oil for the greasing)

Method:

Mash the bananas in a bowl with a fork or back of a spoon, now add the butter together with the sugar in a mixing bowl and mix.

Add one egg followed by 1-2 Tbsp of the flour, mix then add in the other egg and mix well.

Add in the mashed banana, mix again, followed by sieving in the remaining flour – mix again.

Fill your Loaf tin or smaller Cake tin,level it a bit and bake at 180 Degrees C. For 40 minutes.
After 40 min’s, place a sheet of Aluminium foil over the top, bring down to 150 Degrees C. And bake for a further 20 – 30 min’s.

Remove and check with a metal skewer or cutlery knife, stick it in and pull out fast, if a sticky substance shows then it is still a bit wet internally, cook for a further 7-10 min’s and check again, once your tool of choice comes out clean, then switch off and place somewhere to cool down for 10 mins before removing from the tin to cool down further.

The original recipe calls for a crazy 175g of Sugar! I have substantially reduced the amount of sugar needed and the result is a pleasant sweet loaf cake …

A week or o ago I made a Rhubarb and Custard Cake which was delish’, I hope to share this recipe with you soon as well, otherwise click on ”Recipes and Preserving” at the top of the page.