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The Sustainable Smallholding – An Aspiration

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My Blog title, The Sustainable Smallholding, is an aspiration, as opposed to a description of where we are at the moment. The reasons for that are many, and complex, but one of the key ones is the sheer amount of knowledge that you need to acquire, and solutions that you have to find, to achieve sustainability, self reliance, or self sufficiency. It seems that each time that you peel back a layer of a problem, another sits nestled within. In this post I will explore some of the areas that I have identified as important in my search for sustainability.

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Book Recommendation- The Resilient Gardener, Carol Deppe

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I recently finished reading The Resilient Gardener, by Carol Deppe. Normally I would do a full review on a good book, but possibly the most telling thing that I can say about this book, is that there is so much outstanding content in this book, that it would take me hours to tell you about it. Instead, I’m going to tell you why you should buy your own copy, and study it hard.

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Nitrogen Fixation (or Free Fertility)

Obtaining free Nitrogen, by using Nitrogen fixing bacteria, is something that anybody looking for a more sustainable way of growing should be aiming for. There’s plenty of it in the atmosphere, so why use energy, effort, and money to get it, when there is an army of microbes waiting to do it for you, for free.

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My Favourite Smallholding Tools

It seems to be the right time to write an article about the tools that I use most often, here at the Sustainable Smallholding. I get the feeling that I’m being prompted somewhat, as there have been a number of small events related to tools, that have occurred recently. First of all, after writing a review about my Copper Spade, I had a very nice call from Jane at Implementations thanking me for the review, and asking for permission to link to the review from their site. Sadly, she studiously ignored my unsubtle hint that I would be happy to review more tools, if they sent them. You can’t win them all. Next I got a little worked up by a tool article in Country Smallholding, which was overwhelmingly focussed on power tools and machinery. I also found two decent video clips whilst researching/searching for a tool to harvest bamboo, which I thought that you might find interesting, Lastly, I got a call from a friend who said that he was suffering from ‘Tool Envy’, after reading about my spade. So this one is for you Mark.

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