My allotment is featured in West Essex Life Magazine

As some of my readers know I share an allotment with my friends in Wanstead (East London), just up the Central Line from where I live. We have been working on permaculture and no dig principles, experimenting with different plants and pest control. A wormary has just been installed, along with a Bokashi composting system. […]

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Beer for plants; a bio-fermenting experiment

Some background to the experiment I first heard about bio-fermenting while staying on a permaculture farm in Costa Rica, Finica Luna Nueva. I listened fascinated as our tour guide, and farm owner, explained how they re-engergised the soil without having to use mountains of compost and animal manure. They of course have these things but […]

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An ethical omnivore’s challenge

The challenge When I saw the Bompas and Parr event “Kill it, eat it” I was intrigued. “The focus of the event is on drawing attention to a culinary area that is typically veiled with mystery. With most consumers inured to the reality of what raising, culling and preparing animals to eat actually entails”. As […]

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Plastic straws, there is an alternative

This seemingly innocent item was invented in early 1960’s America, and currently dominates 99% of the straw market.  In this 1 min Vlog I explain some of the challenges, and solutions, to this not so innocent item of disposable plastic. Also in the Vlog I mention the “Turtle with a straw being removed from its […]

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1min Vlog – local producers

Our local producers of food and drink are what makes an area special.  Celebrate these people, and places, where ever you live, or where ever you visit.  Just remember they may be harder to find, its not like they have a huge advertising budget, but you won’t be disappointed. Check out my 1 min Vlog […]

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Post Christmas food re-homing ideas

Everyone ends up with food items over Christmas that they don’t like, can’t eat, or just won’t use before it expires.  Maybe you have been bought a bottle of red wine you don’t like, or a box of biscuits containing an ingredient you are intolerant to.  Perhaps you bought something for a particular visitor but […]

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Composting with Bokashi – part 2

As mentioned in Compost part 1, I use the Bokashi composting system.  This uses a bran containing microbes to pickle food waste and speed up composting.  I live in a flat, but am lucky enough to have a reasonable sized balcony so have room for both plant troughs and composting bins. My process is as […]

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Compost, its actually quite interesting! – Part 1

Why do I compost? It saves me money and time (especially without a car) buying compost from the garden centre. I know what’s in my compost, that it hasn’t come from endangered peat and doesn’t have any chemicals in it. My local council does not have a food waste collection so I’m recycling my unavoidable […]

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Salmon – it’s complicated, but fascinating

Being currently in British Columbia, Canada, salmon is everywhere both in the natural environment and in the food culture.  This got me thinking about the salmon we get in the UK.  As most people know salmon is a great source of protein, vitamins, minerals and omega fatty acids.  These fatty acids are thought to be […]

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Zero Waste Travelling

Once you have your Zero Waste routine set up at home, things get into a rhythm and it becomes quite easy.  However what about when you are out of your house or on holiday?  I am currently travelling in British Columbia, Canada, and wanted to share what I travel with to keep my zero waste […]

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