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Gaia's Garden - a permaculture book review

Mar 15 2018 5 Comments Tags: book review, garden, permaculture

I first came across Gaia's Garden in 2013 and although I had tried to read other permaculture books before that, this was the one that really helped me to understand the concepts, both what to do and why.  Toby sadly died recently, so I thought it was a good time to review the book in detail.  Toby made an enormous contribution to permaculture and I'd like to remember him by reading his book again. 

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Holistic management - part 8: practical guidelines

Mar 08 2018 3 Comments Tags: farm, Holistic Management

The book Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making (affiliate link) sets out a guide to developing a holistic goal for your farm or business. 

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Cows with horns?

Feb 26 2018 5 Comments Tags: bull, cattle, cow, house cow

I know there is a bit of confusion around cattle and horns.  I've heard a few people say that they thought only bulls had horns.  I suppose that makes sense... but its wrong!

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Real food in a slow cooker

Feb 21 2018 2 Comments Tags: Nourishing Traditions, real food, slow cooker, stock

My slow cooker has become one the most useful tools in my kitchen for producing real food that is also tasty and cheap.  I use the slow cooker most often for four different dishes: stock, casserole, pot roasts and soup.

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Book review: Simple and Natural Soapmaking

Jan 31 2018 1 Comment

One of my favourite websites for soapmaking ideas is Jan Berry's The Nerdy Farm Wife.  I also found her Natural Soap Making eBook really useful (see my review back here).  And she recently published a couple of real books: 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home: A Nerdy Farm Wife's All-Natural DIY Projects Using Commonly Found Herbs, Flowers & Other Plants (affiliate link) And Simple & Natural Soapmaking: Create 100% Pure and Beautiful Soaps with The Nerdy Farm Wife’s Easy Recipes and Techniques (affiliate link) Both are packed with useful recipes based on natural ingredients, especially herbs and botanicals....

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Mobile chicken tractors vs fixed pen

Jan 22 2018 0 Comments Tags: chicken tractors, chickens

Comparing chickens in a fixed pen to keeping chickens in a chicken tractor.

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