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Soil and the power of poo

Marianne Landzettel: ‘Give me five more minutes’ signals Gualu Goud as he’s standing on top of one of his five compost heaps working the top layer with a hoe. I met Gualu earlier this month in a village in the eastern Indian state of Odisha (formerly Orissa). He’s been a cotton farmer for most of his life. Things were ok until about 10 years ago when yields started to drop even though he used increasing amounts of expensive chemical fertilisers.

12 February 2015 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 9

Seven steps to perfect compost

Ben Raskin: This week is National Composting week, which gives me the excuse to talk about one of my favourite subjects: compost. There’s something magical about the way that scraps and waste fruit and veg can turn into sweet smelling and nutritious crumbly brown soil food. And the best thing about this natural process is that you can do it on any scale – from municipal composters handling many tonnes a week to small compost bins in our houses. Here are my seven steps to perfect compost:

07 May 2014 | 16 Comments | Recommended by 39

The Hens are gone, compost and marmalade...

Emma Heseltine: Whilst I was away there was a tragedy. A sneaky four legged fiend got into the hen house. It was a massacre, we had 24 hens and now there are only 10. I’m kind of glad I didn’t see the carnage, it must have been horrible.

05 February 2012 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 5

Measuring the Ground

Ben Raskin: with just a couple of weeks before the trees arrive I have been measuring the site. Having a stick at the end of each non existant row of trees really makes the whole project seem more real - not to mention slightly daunting. Is this really manageable on 1 day a week??

18 February 2011 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 109

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