Jerusalem Artichokes – like Diamonds, are Forever

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PIJ #54; March – May 1995; page 47 Margaret Lynch explains how to grow, store and prepare the edible section of what is a truly prolific plant. Helianthus tuberosus is an annual which will tolerate most conditions. Commonly called Jerusalem artichoke, it is known in its native America as Sunroot. Other names include Sunchoke and Suntuber. It is not to be confused with the globe artichoke, Cynara scolymus, which is […]

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Zapping the Wrong Bugs

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The Furrow, Farm Facts and Fancies reports that electric bug zappers operated outdoors may be doing more harm than good in reducing mosquito problems. A University of Tennessee study found that only 31 per cent of 14,000 insects collected from a bug zapper were biting insects. About half were non-biting aquatic insects and 14 per cent were beneficial insects that attack pests. “From this study we estimate that as many […]

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Baubles

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Click for full view (Courtesy: Throbgoblins) Christmas brings the fortieth anniversary of the first image of Earth Rising – an image that (should have) transformed the way we, as a species, conceptualise ourselves. Did it?

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Wanted – Permaculture Translators

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Wanted. Permaculture Translators – People fluent in another language willing to donate some time to translate from a supplied English text transcript of The Permaculture for Beginners DVD into their chosen language. The supplied Word document will be between 40 to 60 pages so if you are up to the challenge, we’d be grateful for your contribution. This is not a simple or easy task to complete in one sitting, […]

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Pin-Striped Pirates

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Why does the UK retain a handful of colonies? To destroy the world’s taxation systems. by George Monbiot – journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist If you want to know why Britain has never completed the process of decolonisation, look at two lists side by side. One is the official register of tax havens, compiled by the OECD(1). The other is the list of British overseas territories and […]

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Veiling Our True Predicament – Global Dimming

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Have you heard the expression ‘Global Dimming’ yet? The documentary embedded in this post examines the phenomenon, but, in brief, I’ll endeavour to give a rough heads up on the topic. It’s yet further evidence that our dangerous habit of underestimating the complexities of natural systems will surely backfire on us, and in direct proportion to our tinkering with the same.

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At Last, a Date

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For the first time, the International Energy Agency has produced a date for peak oil. And it’s not reassuring. by George Monbiot – journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist Can you think of a major threat for which the British government does not prepare? It employs an army of civil servants, spooks and consultants to assess the chances of terrorist attacks, financial collapse, floods, epidemics, even asteroid strikes, […]

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‘Project Thoreau’ Updates

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Ezanee Cooper gives us some excellent updates on progress with ‘Project Thoreau‘. Use the comments form below to share your knowledge and help develop Ezanee’s plot, or to ask questions that might help you develop your own. Project Thoreau –September / October 2008 Update The garden has undergone a bit of a revamp. The bean patch was tidied up to reduce the number of hiding places for slugs and snails, […]

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On the Wings of a Butterfly

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Reprinted with permission from the Permaculture International Journal” (PIJ) #61 Dec – Feb 1997 page 17 Butterflies inhabit the earth for weeks at the most. Their existence is fragile but enormously important to the earth, from which many of their species are disappearing. Claire Hagen Dole enters their world to explain how we can create butterfly havens that enrich the planet and bring beauty to our gardens. Photography: Craig Mackintosh […]

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