• My learning journal

    Welcome to my learning journal. Here I capture my design projects and reflections. I hope you enjoy reading it.

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Using outputs from the house as inputs for the garden

Last week’s snow has all melted. I went out for a walk at lunchtime, without a coat, and didn’t freeze. There was even a few rays of sunshine. Today feels like a hint that spring might one day come to Brighton. The hyacinths and amaryllis are starting to bloom.   This is the time my attention turns … Continue reading

How to make newspaper pots for seed sowing

There are all manner of pots that you can buy to sow your seed in.  There are module trays, root trainers, jiffy pellets to name but a few. I was given some module trays by a client when she was living the UK and heading to the States.  If I am going to sow lots of … Continue reading

My top six most inspiring and informative books about growing food

In celebration of World Book Day, I am going to run down my top 6* books my top six most insipring and informative books about growing food. * It was going to be five, but I just couldn’t narrow it down further. My Top 6 Most Inspiring and Informative Books about Growing Food   6. Linnea’s … Continue reading

Creating your own sowing mixes

Sowing mixes is something that often really intimidates people.  It’s like people think you need a Ph.D to do it, or special alchemy skills.  You don’t.  It is one of those things, that once you try it a few times, you can start experimenting and creating your own. Today, I am going to run through … Continue reading

7 steps to create your seed sowing calendar

So, you’ve got some seeds.  You’re probably super excited about sowing them.  But may be also a little worried.  How do you give them the best start?  When do you sow them?  How? Over the years, I have researched seed sowing a fair amount.  I’ve read books, watched tv programmes and tried it out myself. … Continue reading

4 reasons not to panic about sowing seeds

It feels like it has been a long winter.  The sun has shone for two days in a row here in Brighton.   It seems to have sent people into a panic, like spring is here and they aren’t sure what to do or worse still feel like they should have done it all by … Continue reading

More Introduction to Permaculture dates in December

Concerned about the state of the world, and would like to do something about it? Not sure of where to start? Come along to a two day Introduction to Permaculture to discover lots of ways you can make meaningful changes to your life and your community to make them more sustainable and abundant. 8-9 December in … Continue reading

Progress on my new website!

It’s been a while, but you know, all sorts of things have been happening in the background. Like going away on holiday, and working away at developing my business plan, and writing content.  As well as running courses, diploma information events, lots of tutorials and planning two permaculture design courses for early next year. In … Continue reading

Nasturtium pesto

  Last week when I was in St. Luke’s during apple day I noticed there seemed to be a race between the vigour of the nasturtiums and the appetite of the caterpillars.  The nasturtiums were still doing pretty well.  But I figured it would be good to harvest some before the caterpillars completely cleaned up … Continue reading

Dressing up for gardening

Last weekend was pretty full on in terms of community gardening.  On Saturday we had our regular monthly skills swop and lunch in the park.  Then Sunday was Apple Day.  It seemed like the perfect opportunity to try out a non gardening clothes with wellies- a pattern I had noticed in my surveying. Saturday In … Continue reading