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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.
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)
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?
Choosing a composter needn't be confusing! Popular bin types compared.
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
Landscaping is a messy, damaging business - so do it early and do it right.
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
The basic structure of a polytunnel (hoophouse) is simple, but variations on the basic theme include some impressive high-end products.
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 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
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 is sometimes recommended for clearing ground. But do they actually work?
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
Now that the foundation poles are in place, it’s time to put the frame together.
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
This is the introduction to a series of articles covering the installation of a new polytunnel and its first year in production.
Kit homes can offer a long-lasting, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective alternative to other building methods.
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
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
Safe and energy-efficient, straw bale construction is an increasingly popular natural and sustainable construction method.
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