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Compost toilets in the UK: buying a commercial loo

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.
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.
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...
Compost bins compared: which type is best for you?

Compost bins compared: which type is best for you?

Choosing a composter needn't be confusing! Popular bin types compared.
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.
How to landscape your garden or plot

How to landscape your garden or plot

Landscaping is a messy, damaging business - so do it early and do it right.
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?
Types of Polytunnel

Types of Polytunnel

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

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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kit homes

Kit homes

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

Rammed earth construction

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