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What Permaculture Is or Isn’t

There seems to be a growing movement to create complicated arguments about what permaculture is or isn’t. Peter Harper, the long term force behind the Centre for Alternative Technology at Machynlleth in Wales, has set himself up as a critic, without, to my mind ever actually understanding what the term […]

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Border Union Show

Lovely sunny day at the Border Union Show. It’s not every day you get ten minutes with Scottish Secretary, half an hour with the Environment Minister, get to give police officers in uniform ice cream and drink Pimms with the most delightful folks. And promote local trade in the process.

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Wednesday Harvest

Well some welcome rain at last. You can hear the plants saying thank-you! Another quick harvest in the garden: Bowl of salad – cos lettuce and the first of the rainbow chard with beetroot leaves Some baby beetroot (thinnings of main crop) A fine bunch of giant Sicilian radishes Mange […]

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Strawberry heaven

Well after another fruit laden harvesting day, made Strawberry ice-cream on Saturday. Ingredients: 500 grams strawberries, hulled and chopped 175 grams caster sugar, (plus 2 tablespoons) 500 ml full fat milk 500 ml double cream 1 vanilla pod 10 large egg yolks Juice of half a lemon Sprinkle the  two tablespoons of sugar over the chopped […]

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An abundance of Gooseberries

Well that’s five kilos of gooseberries blanched and in the freezer. This trayful is about half that. Two essential tips for gooseberries- don’t pick them until they’re ripe! Green gooseberries go pale and slightly squashy at this point and red ones go – well yes you guessed it – red! […]

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Summer Open Day

The first open day of 2013 took place under a clear, sunny sky on July 13th. This journal piece is by Karen and Annie, guests on the day. We’d stayed overnight in the campervan a little way outside Coldstream at a place called Pathhead. We’d offered to help Graham and […]

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Radio Scotland Interview

How and why of making a gutter garden. What is Permaculture?

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Permaculture: The Big Rock Candy Mountain?

There was an interesting post on Facebook this morning by Peter Harper. You can read his full article, here And here is my response: “Peter has for many years been a fount of knowledge and has always taken a slightly contrary view of permaculture. The first time I met him […]

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Consultation on Scotland Rural Development Programme

On behalf of the Permaculture Association I was invited to take part in the consultation process for the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) SRDP CONSULTATION : EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and Scottish Government providing support […]

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Slip Sliding to Skye

When asked in July to teach a weekend introduction to permaculture on Skye in November my first question was ‘What if it snows?’ Especially as creating a Community Garden was behind the project. ‘What- snow in Skye in November- never!’ Hmmm. Well it is funded by the Climate Change Fund! […]

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