Growing Herbs the Permaculture way. The Spiral method helps you grow both herbs that like shade from the sun and towards to bottom of the spiral are better suited for the plants that like more moisture. You even have a little room for some watercress too. 1st Photo Credit: Christopher Shein in Vegetable Gardeners Guide to Permaculture
Rocket Mass Heater design idea, the basic concept is that it’s an efficient heating system that you can build your self and burns small amounts of wood very efficiently and use radiant heat to warm up a room. I thought this could come in handy for heating greenhouses or maybe even say keeping your shed warm that houses your aquaponics tank. I’m going to build one in an outside space, will update the blog when I do. They are many designs and information available online, free and to pay for, all the info it out there, let me know if you need a hand.
This is one for next year really and is just a follow up to my last post to say that you can buy some of the Tomato varieties from the Heritage Seed Library in “plug” plants exclusively Delfland Nurseries via mail order.
What I got from them back in April, 6 plants for £16.50 with free delivery:
Tomato “Darby Striped”
Tomato “Orange Bannana”
Tomato “Small Pear Shape”
I’ll be reporting back soon with pictures from the greenhouse to show how they are getting on, the good ad the bad… one or two of them like Wladecks and Noir are looks very nice indeed, can’t wait to sample there delights
Let me know if I’m missing out on any other mail order Heritage/Heirloom plants, thanks!
I just wanted to to put up a link to the “charity/club” as I joined a few years ago and support what they are doing, there is an agreement out there at some of the more modern tomato varieties have been breed for disease resistance and yield and in doing so have lost some of those old interesting tastes qualities of yesteryear!
The Heritage Seed Library (formally known as The Henry Doubleday Research Association) based in the UK is well known for holding a large variety of old open pollinated Heritage and Heirloom varieties of vegetables that would have otherwise have been lost or forgotten.
The basic principle is that you become a member for £20 and they send you 6-7 varieties of what ever vegetables you wish for, so if your thing is tomatoes you can get those. It’s not exactly cheap at £3 a pack but you are supporting a cause here and it’s difficult to get access to these “lines” anywhere else so you pay for what you get.
I got other veg from them but the Tomatoes I got from them in seed Enorma, Jubilee and Sugar Italian Plum. I will be updating the blog with photo’s from my greenhouse soon showing you the good and the bad.
I also got some of the Plug plants from Delfland Nurseries but I will add another post for that too.
Let me know if you have a good source for open pollinated Heritage or Heirloom seed or can suggest a good tasty tomato for me?