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Book Review – ‘The New Wild’ by Fred Pearce

I loved this book. It challenged my preconceptions about ecosystems, the balance of nature, invasive species, biodiversity ... Japanese knotweed, giant hogweed, himalayan balsam, rhododendrons in the UK, kudzu in the USA: these are the enemy, right? Well, this book...

No-dig raised bed

Made in an afternoon: a new raised bed using the no-dig method. Partner Nigel made the timber frame and laid it on the lawn. I sorted out some cardboard that the tools had arrived in and laid it inside the rectangle, covering the grass. Then with the  Libra Shovel and...

Lack of slug damage – the evidence

Slugs used to devastate pretty well all of the young plants in our garden. Since we have used the bronze tools we don't worry about them any more. Here is some spinach I transplanted early last week, in a space between the overwintered onions. No protection - no...

Book review – The Hidden Life of Trees

This book is enchanting and subversive. It is a sociology of trees. The author takes it for granted that the trees have feelings. He shows how they express pain or thirst. He shows how they communicate and care for each other, and look after their young. He also shows...

What is a successful business?

How do you measure the success of a business? Is it the fact that it pays its way? And does that mean that if it makes more money it is more successful? These are questions I keep coming back to. Running a business is not too different from running a household. It is...

Alys Fowler’s favourite trowel

"This copper hand trowel is my all-time favourite. I also covet the border spade." Alys Fowler, Guardian Weekend magazine 25th November 2017. Evidently the Guardian thinks it takes the biscuit.  

The water’s tribute to Viktor Schauberger

For Viktor Schauberger, the water was alive. If he was right and if the water could speak, maybe this is what it would say of him. He saw us. Not many of your kind are able to do that. He saw the complexity of who we are. He marvelled at the intricacy, beauty and...

Fourth Phase of Water

A fascinating Ted -X presentation by Gerald Pollack of Guelph University. I think Viktor Schauberger would have approved (although grudgingly, as he was suspicious of academics).

… the best hoe I have ever used

      Elle Decoration magazine asked 16 top style influencers to choose the one item they would not be without. We are very proud that Dan chose the Hydra Hoe.