How to make Wine

This year we made 110 litres of wine from our vinyard at our permaculture farm. The process was surprisingly easy and after borrowing the first fermentation tank from a friend our only investment was a 100 litre oak barrel for storage during the second fermentation. We realised during the process, that we could make wine…

How to Transplant Mandioca – Video

A quick run down of the video, with some information which I forgot to mention Take a cutting from a previous Mandioca plant. The reason that potatoes and onions are usually grown from other potatoes or onions rather than seed is because they take over a year to go to seed. The reason they create…

AgroFlorestry or Syntropic Agriculture

All this information is second had. Unlike my other posts which have all been through personal experience. This post is a collection of information from books, videos and internet, in order to set up my own forest garden in the future. How to Put Together a System Draw land to scale on graphed paper Decide…

How to dry out your food waste before composting

Here we have a short guide on how to build a device that will dry out your food waste, ready for use in your composter, and also produce a pungent liquid which you can use to fertilise your plants. What will you need? Two of the same size large plastic buckets which can sit one…

Simple Composter in a Hole

Here we have a very simple design for a large composter. We had a group working on this for about half a day and we managed to finish it comfortably. You can see the full system in the photo below, so I will just make some comments about the design, and how to use it….

Make a Pallet Composter

Here is a straight forward design for a big composter that you can make from pallets, and a few more materials. Before we start, here is a picture of the composteira in situ, looking beautiful in the hills of Cardinot, Brasil. It took a couple of volunteers a couple of days to build this. All…

How to Make a Bamboo Plant Bed

Beginner build time around 3 hours with power saw Here we have a really straight forward design that anyone can make. If you have a power saw it will make things a lot easier. If you are using a hand saw then you may be looking at a one day build time. First you need…

Make a Heated, Insulated Timber Frame Greenhouse

I spent two months in the beautiful Roan Mountains of Tennessee last year. I went there to learn how aquaponics farming works and during my time there we were building the green house to keep the tomato’s warm through the snowy winter. Massive thanks to David and Karen, my Workaway hosts. If you would like…

How to Make a Free Standing Bamboo Planter

I made this free standing bamboo planter as a gift for one of my Workaway hosts. If you are looking to live, learn and volunteer anywhere in the world for free then check out Workaway. I was staying in Pacho Cundinamarca with a family near the El Torito Empanada restaurant. One of the guys there…

Study Environmental Courses for free

I am currently studying free courses at the Open University. I’ve just finished one called “effects of pollutants on the aquatic environment” and have now registered for “climate change” They have over 800 free courses which you can do completely online, in your own time. Here is the list of environmental courses You can see…