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Cooking & heating cleanly with wood

Principle 5: Use & value renewable resources & services Do it Yourselfer #14 Typically the biggest consumer of energy in our homes in winter is for heating our living spaces and our hot water supply. We can do this without using high value energy like electricity. Consider this, a heater might use 2000W/h of energy […]

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Sen and Kai enjoy a home grown ‘slinky’

The chemistry of living

Principle 10: Use and value diversity Do it Yourselfer #13 I was never much good at chemistry at school, it was the only subject that I ever failed. I found the periodic table and the combinations of elements overwhelming. Looking back, what I took away from that experience is that when different elements mix together […]

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Does Tang have a personality?

Communicating with a Kombi

Principle 4: Apply self-regulation & accept feedback Do it Yourselfer #11 The fourth principle of permaculture, apply self-regulation and accept feedback, is about applying the brakes when things are not going as anticipated. It’s a wake up call, and a call to action. When beginning any project most of us start off with good intentions. […]

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Planting by the moon

Principle 1: Observe and interact Do it Yourselfer #6 The cycles of the moon have influenced gardeners from diverse cultures over many centuries. While science may not fully understand why planting by the moon works, anecdotal evidence suggests that it does. Permaculture co-originator David Holmgren’s writes “good design depends on a free and harmonious relationship […]

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