One thing that does grow really well here on the farm is nettles. Our moist English Lake District climate and fertile soil seem to make them really shoot up. Some people don’t like nettle plants mainly because they can give a wicked sting to naked flesh. Also there is a perception of them being a bit of a weed. Well Read More
Here are a few recommendations for products that I use. I usually try to buy second-hand (good for the environment and cheaper!) but sometimes you have to buy new. These are Amazon or eBay links, if you buy through clicking on them they pay me a little bit of commission. Thank you. My favourite gardening tool – the Hori Hori Read More
Here are some recommendations for great books that I have found most helpful in my ecosufficient journey. These are Amazon affiliate links and if you buy from clicking these links they send me a little bit of commission. You may be able to get them cheaper second hand from certain auction sites though! Thank you.
My family’s carbon footprint is pretty low but it turns out that over half of our household greenhouse gas emissions are a result of driving our car. Literally the carbon comes straight out of our car’s exhaust pipe. We emit about 4.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide from driving around 15000 miles per year in a 1.9litre diesel engine car. The Read More
So I thought it would be a good idea to work out my family’s carbon footprint. We live a pretty eco lifestyle so it would be helpful to see just where we are on the greenhouse gas emissions scale and if our efforts are really worth it. I headed over to carbonfootprint.com. I have no links with the site and Read More
If you live a self sufficient life or aspire to, you will probably end up eating a lot of potatoes. No other vegetable (or grain for that matter) will provide you as many calories per unit area as the humble potato. Easy to grow and ideally suited to moist slightly acidic soils it definitely in my opinion is the top Read More
Ecosufficiency is living a good life while caring for the planet. Simple as that. Exactly how you do it is up to you. A good life should afford you shelter, food, family, happiness and fulfilment. If you can supply yourself that while living within the environmental capacity of the Earth then you are ecosufficient. Humans by our nature exploit and Read More