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Apples

Apples

This is some information about an exciting project that Rowan (Island & Ventnor permaculture member) and Island 2000 are trying to set up.

Eat the view – that’s the basic idea behind local food. If we want to get fresh healthy food, then we need to eat more food that’s come from our local landscapes. Now the Big Lottery Fund are out to help people do just that, with their Local Food Grants – and Island 2000 are hoping to get some funding for the Isle of Wight. People with project ideas have to apply in two stages. We sent in the first application in August, and we have just been given the thumbs-up to send in the full application. So what have we asked the Big Lottery Fund to help us do? Well, would you like to see more trees and orchards in the Island’s countryside, parks, and gardens, and to eat more local food? If yes, read on…

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Brita water filter recyclingIf you use Brita water filter cartridges you can now recycle them. As yet it does not tell you this when you buy the cartridges alone, the information is only on the information leaflet when you buy a whole system.

Brita does not use any extra transportation to recycle the filters, the same network that delivers new products collects the old ones for recycling.

The plastic body of the filter is cleaned and ground up, the resulting granules are supplied to the plastics industry for reuse.

The carbon and ion exchangers are separated, the carbon is returned to the manufacturer and used for things like waste water treatment.

Photo: Marco Frattola

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In Tune with the MoonAccording to the book I am using ‘In Tune with the Moon’ this is what we are supposed to be doing this week. I will try and be organised and post every Sunday what the book suggests for the following week. My review of this book.

If you are planting by the moon for the first time have you had better results than normal or has it not made any difference? Please let us know by leaving comments below.

If you are interested in trying this it really is a good idea to get the book, I only list the basic favourable days. Within those days there are three star, two star, one star periods for cultivation as well as suggested best times for harvesting, pruning and every other aspect of growing.

Monday 29th from 9am right through to Wednesday 1st October until midnight sow and cultivate roots – All root veg, beetroot, carrot, celeriac, endive, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, parsnip, potato, radish, salsify, shallot, turnip, onions.

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Green TomatoesA logical post to follow the previous one. I have used some of my green tomatoes in cooked dishes instead of red ones, with the addition of some organic tomato purée, if it is not organic it is usually genetically modified.

As I could do with a few more ideas did a search for more recipes, thought I would share my findings with you in case you were also lacking in inspiration.  There are far more interesting things to do with green tomatoes other than making chutney.

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Tomato Blight

Tomato Blight

I along with a lot of other people in Ventnor have succumbed to the dreaded tomato blight. The plant in the photo showed no signs of disease three days before I took the picture, now it is a total disaster along with all my other tomato plants.

If you are growing your own tomatoes for the first time this year and you to have blight don’t beat yourself up about it, you have done nothing wrong. It is a fungus ‘Phytophthora infestans’, which produces spores,  it is transferred from plant to plant by wind and rain splash. Spores develop on the leaves, spreading through the crop when temperatures are above 10C (50°F) and humidity is over 75% for 2 days or more.

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Crushing apples



We had a lovely warm, sunny day for our monthly Ventnor Permaculture meeting to test out our home- made cider press in Ken’s garden in Upper Ventnor.

First the three carrier bags of apples were cut in half and any bad bits removed.

Then the apples had to be crushed which was very easy thanks to Ventnor Brewery, as they loaned us their spare apple crushing machine.

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In Tune with the MoonAccording to the book I am using ‘In Tune with the Moon’ this is what we are supposed to be doing this week. I will try and be organised and post every Sunday what the book suggests for the following week. My review of this book.

If you are planting by the moon for the first time have you had better results than normal or has it not made any difference? Please let us know by leaving comments below.

If you are interested in trying this it really is a good idea to get the book, I only list the basic favourable days. Within those days there are three star, two star, one star periods for cultivation as well as suggested best times for harvesting, pruning and every other aspect of growing.

Monday 22nd after 5am right through to Wednesday 24th up until 5am sow and cultivate flowers – All flowers, artichoke, broccoli & cauliflower.

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