We worked with Colette back in 2017 to create concept designs for her new garden in Manchester. She was seeking a “happy place” buzzing with wildlife, with room to relax and with space to grow food. Since then Colette has also come along to a couple of our training courses to learn about building healthy soil and using permaculture techniques. So inspired is she by her outside space that she has started a blog about
I love tea. A lot. Drinking tea refreshes and nourishes. It punctuates the day, brings people together, and on occasion, is the hot, sweet British response to a crisis! It’s this time of year that my drinking habit is raised a few notches, as all the herbs burst through and entice me with their fresh green leaves again. We have the usual suspects growing in our garden. There’s a plethora of mint varieties, lemon balm,
We put a lot of weight on the importance of community. People, working together, can do amazing things in their community and beyond. That’s why we work with community groups as well as doing individual, private garden design. We also believe passionately in the potential for permaculture design to help transform gardening and our relationship with green spaces in towns and cities. So Patch of the Planet is launching a new permaculture network and hands-on
Photo of Seet Cicely by Soren Holt - https://www.flickr.com/photos/10348212@N07/3600700944/
Beautiful, delicious, easy to grow and fantastic for pollinators. What’s not to love about Sweet Cicely? Credentials: Common names: It has a few! Sweet Cicely, Cicely, Sweet Bracken, Garden Myrrh, Great Chervil, Sweet Chervil, Shepherd’s Needle, Myrrh, Sweet-Scented Myrrh, British myrrh, Sweet fern, Sweet Mary and no doubt a few others… Not to be confused with: Myrrh – the gum/resin that’s extracted from thorny Commiphora plants and used for incense, perfume, medicine. Officially: Myrrhis odorata
Picture of cyclone
As I sit writing this, I am mindful that Ireland is about to be blasted with the worst storm in over 50 years. Ophelia is coming.  Climate change is happening. Are we ready for this?  I look out of my window in Warrington, England.  Saharan dust has given the sun an odd orange hue. Everyone is waiting. Ophelia  “Could beauty, my lord, have better commerce than with honesty?” (from Hamlet, William Shakespeare). Let’s be honest.
Wild strawberry – simple to grow, tasty and plays a very useful role. There is every reason to grow it in your patch. A teaspoon of soil contains a billion living things. These microbes are interacting with each other and with the plants nearby to shift nutrients around and breakdown organic matter. So the health of your soil and so of the plants you grow is linked to the health of this soil community. 80%
We are thrilled that Grappenhall Community Library have chosen to transform their green space in to a community orchard. What is currently a lawn will soon become a thriving and abundant outdoor space. The new orchard will extend this brilliant community venue to the outdoors too. With community orchards come great community events like wassailing and apple days. And delicious fruit too. We’ll be going along to their Community Planting and Celebration Day in the
Our latest published piece in Permaculture magazine (August 2016) uses the soil – and the microbes in it – as inspiration for how we can change the world for the better. Take your imaginary self off to your closest patch of healthy soil. Shrink yourself down to much, much smaller than this full stop. Go down a few centimetres and take a look around. As most readers of Permaculture magazine will know very well, what
If you’ve seen, watched or heard of the Hunger Games, the dark trilogy in which children in a ruthless dictatorship are forced to fight to the death in an annual celebration, then you’ll have heard of Katniss Everdeen, the accidental hero who assists the rebellion. Katniss, like her younger sister Primrose (Prim), is named after the plants that are associated with her skill. Prim is a herbal healer and named after Evening Primrose. Katniss is
Any grower of plants wants to find a way around the annual onslaught of pests. In our patch of the planet we’ve used permaculture design to give us a good start, treating the garden as a “predator farm.” Permaculture encourages us to see problems as part of a pattern in your patch, rather than just as a problem full-stop. It provides ways to work with an understanding of the problem and design it away for the

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