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The importance of Edge

The importance of Edge

In Permaculture, great importance is given to Edge. Edge is where it ALL happens; A bit like a ring doughnut, all the great sugary sweetness is on the edge, then there is the soft yielding dough, and in the middle – not a lot. I have been thinking about edge a lot recently, especially as our physical interactions are reduced and we are more isolated. It is not easy to read body language on screen, and the nuances of a…

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Hugel what?

Hugel what?

Hugelkultur, aka Hill culture, basically a raised garden beds filled with rotten wood. I have been rethinking my growing spaces. The top terrace will soon house ducks, and is surrounded by a native hedge. In hindsight planting this hedge, where I wanted to grow veg was a bit of a mistake. Yes, it provides shelter from the wind, but those bushes also feed from the soil, the blackthorn suckers and getting tangled in the dog rose is a pain, so…

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What to do with the Willow?

What to do with the Willow?

I harvested my first willow this winter. It is drying out in my lair, awaiting my attempts at making something. The willow was cut from my Fedge and Arches and also from some random whips I stuck in a couple of years back. For my birthday Andy bought me a days course at Creative With Nature in Todmorden. I managed (but only with expert guidance from Joe Gregory) to create a beautiful trophy stag (called Stefan) who will grace by beautiful…

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