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IW Permaculture September MeetingThe Isle of Wight Permaculture Meeting on Sunday 2nd November 10:30am will be at Ben & Jo’s which is between Newport and East Cowes.

De-weeding, soil shifting, cob oven discussion, cake and good coffee should be on the menu, bring along appropriate tools. Don’t worry if the weather is bad there are buildings to shelter in, plus plenty of easy parking.

If you need directions contact:
Email: ventnorpermaculture(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk
Phone: 01983 854968
Mobile: 07766077336

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Light bulb“Bring along your old incandescent light bulb and get a low energy one for free” is the message from Southampton Environment Centre and the Footprint Trust.

Anyone attending one of the three Future Energy days will be able to trade in their old lamps for new ones – and thus save at least £5 a year on their energy bill.

Also if you’re confused about all the different information regarding fuel efficiency and renewable energy then a visit to the Future Energy events during October half term week may be of assistance. (27th to 31st October). The aim is to offer some help to householders facing high energy bills. Businesses will also have an opportunity to find out ‘Energy Options, Profits & Savings’ from Business Link on Friday 31 October at the Riverside Centre at 1.30pm, as part of the wider event.

Photo: IamSAM

For more information and Energy Options – Profits & Savings – the free event for Wight Businesses (more…)

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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.

For best results plant fruit trees and bushes when the moon is descending, also waxing and the tide is receding.

Monday 27th right through to Wednesday 29th up until 7am 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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Mizuna Plants

These are photos of my Chinese cabbage and mizuna seedlings that I potted up about the 7th October.

I was surprised that there was so much difference in the size of the ones that had some protection from the elements.

The ones on the left have been in my mini greenhouse that has a broken zip and the front is held on by a few safety pins. Which is probably no bad thing as it cuts gown the chance of mould taking over as there is plenty of airflow in there.

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The Skerries - tidal current turbinesIsle of Wight Section of Solent Network

Forthcoming Meeting


Marine Current Turbines

by Martin Wright, MD, Marine Current Turbines Limited

Thursday 30th October 2008 at 7.30pm

Where: Quay Arts, Sea Street, Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight PO30 5BD

To find out more . . . (more…)

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Don’t forget to take all your homemade goodies along to sell at the Ventnor Community Cafe tomorrow morning or go along and buy some. For full details here

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FireDo you get too much smoke when you first light your fire?

Most people start by putting some screwed up newspaper at the bottom, a layer of small kindling wood, some medium bits of wood followed by the big stuff on the top.

Apparently if you do it the other way round – big bits on the bottom, working up to paper on the top you get a hotter, cleaner fire with far less smoke. If you would like to read more about it see this article on the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage website (there are lots of other interesting things on the site too).

If you have a wood burner or are having a bonfire give it a try and let us know how it goes.

Thanks to George from Isle of Wight Permaculture for sending in the link.

Photo: kozumel

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