Charlotte Haworth

Building Up Soil for a Nutrient-Rich Raised Bed

All photos by David Ashwanden A lot of permaculture involves utilising waste streams and turning problems into solutions, and I often bring these into practice by looking at what’s available around me and how I can use it effectively. With this in mind, having come across some old bath tubs, I decided to create some raised beds, building up the soil using a layer mulch recipe rich in a mix […]

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The Meat Industry and Ideas for What We Can Do About It

Some practical ideas about the meat industry Spacious chicken houses — a stark minority (Photo by David Ashwanden) In many countries, the state of the meat industry is fairly well publicised: poor conditions for animals (see for example 1, 2), strange and unnatural foods and medicines getting into our food chain (see for example 3; 4), unclear labelling (see for example 5), and mass industrialised butchery (see for example 6). […]

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Grow Heathrow: Response to Comments

Photo: Transition Heathrow Having received some rather interesting comments on the article about Grow Heathrow, I felt it worthwhile to expand upon some of the issues surrounding the project. As it says in my article (1), the legal situation of Grow Heathrow is far from certain and court proceedings against the people who set up the project actually began a few months into it. However, the project is still going […]

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European Seed Law: A Potential Threat to Biodiversity Everywhere

Tomorrow, the 11th of February, 2014, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will meet to discuss and re-vote on the passing of a proposed new EU regulation which, if made into law, will enforce massive restrictions on the way that seeds can be sold, swapped, or even simply saved (1) (2) (3). The potential consequences of this would affect the biodiversity of the whole world. The new law, known as […]

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Goat Observations: Herding Loose Goats

All photos by David Ashwanden Animal attention When interacting with any animal it is important to develop a certain kind of presence, or focus; and goats are no exception. Having also worked with chickens, dogs, donkeys, horses, pigs, rabbits and sheep I have noticed that the same techniques are necessary to deal with all; although all are different as well. In many ways the only way that you can develop […]

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Grow Heathrow: Growing Inspiration

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The recently publicised findings of the Davies Commission Report (1) have put airport expansion in the UK into the media spotlight once more. Plans to expand either of the two main London airports, Heathrow and Gatwick, have been spoken of for some years now (2); and there is at least one group of people who do not entirely agree with the plans. Grow Heathrow was established as part of Transition […]

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Making a Terrace Garden, Part II

Photos by David Ashwanden Readers requested more pictures to make it easier to understand the steps I took to create my terrace garden. Having scoured my photo collection for a more clarifying portrayal of what my terrace garden looked like, I can only find examples of another terrace garden, built on more or less the same principles but with a slightly different emphasis. Below are the steps for how I […]

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A Simple Recipe for Fertiliser Tea

This is a very simple fertiliser tea recipe which all plants I have used it on have responded very well to. It uses wild plants which are generally abundant throughout Europe, although I am not sure about the rest of the world; you’ll have to look around for yourself. The ratio I used here is approximately 1kg of plants to 10 litres of water. Since you may not have scales […]

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Making a Terrace Garden

Terraces have been used sustainably for centuries. Why not make a down-scaled version for your garden? One of the first things to consider in beginning to design a garden is where, exactly, it should be. I have to say that this step usually takes a secondary place in my mind to exciting images of plants and vegetables flourishing in glorious abundance; but unless you make a plan first, this flourishing […]

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Badger Blues: A Catalyst for Change

The UK cattle industry is in the midst of great change. Bovine tuberculosis is the main issue of the day; seen by many as a big problem which needs to be stopped. The solution which the UK government has opted for, with the backing of the National Farmer’s Union and non-departmental public body Natural England, is to implement a cull on badgers in the affected areas; the argument being that […]

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World Food Day? How about World Food Life?

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Next Wednesday, October 16, sees the marking of a rather bizarrely-named festival, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) organised ‘World Food Day’. The event is an annual one, which seems to highlight the rather curious focus of this festival: for if we are only celebrating food for one day of the year, what happens on the other 364? The aim of the event is to highlight food security […]

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An Experiment with Soil

Beginning to plant a garden in poor soil is probably guaranteed to disappoint, but what’s the most effective way to create a good environment to give your seedlings a head-start? I embarked on an experiment to see if I could find out. Join me, if you like, on a voyage of soil discovery. Choosing my Methods My desire is to avoid chemicals where it is possible (indeed, usually the natural […]

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