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Compost toilets in the UK: buying a commercial loo

Composting toilets are less fuss, less of a fright, and less expensive to install than you might think.

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Compost toilets in the UK: introduction

Compost toilets in the UK: introduction

An introduction to compost loos, which are set to become more popular as the cost of mains water rises.

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Planning Permission for Polytunnels (Wales)

Planning Permission for Polytunnels (Wales)

Do you need planning permission for polytunnels? Unless you live in a National Park, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or similar, garden polytunnels usually don’t – but visit the Welsh version of...

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Compost bins compared: which type is best for you?

Choosing a composter needn't be confusing! Popular bin types compared.

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Buying or building a chicken house

Buying or building a chicken house

Basic ready-made chicken houses are inexpensive, but it's not difficult to make your own.

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How to landscape your garden or plot

Landscaping is a messy, damaging business - so do it early and do it right.

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Wind turbines – for the home or farm

Wind turbines – for the home or farm

A wind turbine is a sound investment and a green way to generate power. But does this outweigh the visual impact?

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Types of Polytunnel

The basic structure of a polytunnel (hoophouse) is simple, but variations on the basic theme include some impressive high-end products.

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Building with Cob

Building with Cob

Take some sub-soil containing a mix of clay, soil and sand, add some straw, mix it together...and that's cob.

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Chickens: equipment

Chickens: equipment

Chickens need very little apart from housing, food and water, but a few pieces of equipment will make your own life much easier.

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5: A new polytunnel – the doors

Once the polytunnel doors are in place you have a much better chance of keeping out slugs, rodents and other unwanted guests.

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Using a chicken tractor or ark

Using a chicken tractor or ark

Using a chicken tractor or ark is sometimes recommended for clearing ground. But do they actually work?

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4: A new polytunnel – the cover

4: A new polytunnel – the cover

When you put the cover on your polytunnel frame the space inside warms up immediately. If it's your first tunnel, you'll be amazed.

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3: A new polytunnel – the frame

3: A new polytunnel – the frame

Now that the foundation poles are in place, it’s time to put the frame together.

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2: A new polytunnel – ground tubes

2: A new polytunnel – ground tubes

The second in our series of polytunnel installation articles looks at how to get the tunnel foundations exactly right.

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1: A new polytunnel – Introduction

1: A new polytunnel – Introduction

This is the introduction to a series of articles covering the installation of a new polytunnel and its first year in production.

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Kit homes

Kit homes can offer a long-lasting, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective alternative to other building methods.

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Rammed earth construction

Rammed earth construction

Rammed earth buildings are made from bricks of compressed soil, often mixed with cement to help prevent weathering

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Putting up a polytunnel

Putting up a polytunnel

Polytunnels are easier to erect than flat-packed furniture, and provided you get a tight fit on the cover they are immensely strong.

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Straw bale construction

Straw bale construction

Safe and energy-efficient, straw bale construction is an increasingly popular natural and sustainable construction method.
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