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Editorials

‘Knowing’ v. ‘knowing about’

Editorial: December 2011

The following insight comes from the latest CMC newsletter – pearls of wisdom that emanate periodically from the Centre for Management Creativity team at High Trenhouse in Yorkshire.

“There is a difference between knowing about the way some aspect of the world works and really knowing its workings. Nobody can fully communicate the taste of bacon or the colour of maple leaves in autumn. You need the experience to know what their words mean. And yet we often find ourselves working on the basis, not of what we really know, but only what we have learned 'about'.

We often fail to distinguish and, like skaters on thin ice, push forward into action without fully appreciating the dangers of confusing the kind of knowledge that supports us. Especially this is so when there is pressure to act - to deliver results fast. This can often result in unforeseen consequences, especially when those consequences might be in another place or at another time. This is writ large in the current financial crisis and much of the thinking that got us here.”

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Editorial: December 2010

Inner Permaculture

This month MWPN is delighted to carry the first in a new strand of articles on complementary healthcare (by Ian Watt), and how important is may become in the challenging future we face.  There is a lot of interest in holistic approaches to health, both from within Transition Town groups, and as part of any Permaculture Design Course.  To put the issues in context, I quote from a senior NHS professional who is also a practising homeopath, and coordinator of holistic medicine at an end of life care centre in a major UK hospital:

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Editorial : autumn 2010

Cucumbers – relish that autumn glut!

Last week, after a slow start, I picked 20 of the little beauties. There is only so much cucumber salad a person can eat in a week – so what to do with them?  I trawled the net for ideas, and came up with a new version of everything I had looked at.

Cucumber and apple relish

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Ediitorial: July 2010

Inauguration of Permaculture Working Group for Wales

As reported on our forum recently, June saw the first steps towards  the setting up of the long hoped for Working Party for Permaculture in Wales. Kindly osted by Janys Rees at Llanyre near Llandrindod Wells, the day was a great chance for Permaculture Association members from all over Wales to come together and discuss ideas and visions, and to renew old acquaintances or make new connections.

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Editorial: April 2010

Forest Garden Perennials for 2010

Last month I mentioned that we were about to start sowing seed for the big 2010 plant giveaway at the Rhayader Green Fair in July. Last year’s seedling swap was so successful that we thought we would do something even more ambitious this time, and focus on perennial vegetables and herbs, including lots of pollinator-friendly plants to help the bees and other pollinating insects do their job and maintain populations.

I was talking about this at a meeting last week and someone asked ‘what are perennial vegetables?”  So I thought lots of other people might like to know the answer to that, and I am sharing my list of species with you, together with the wonderful information on the habits, requirements and uses of these plants as set out by the seed provider -  the wonderful Agroforestry Catalogue – details at the end of this article.

All of these plants would be useful in a Forest Garden for understorey planting between and around fruit bushes and fruit and nut trees. They would also be good to establish in your vegetable garden so you always have something that perpetuates itself year on year and increases over time.  Lots of the plants we think of as wildflowers are great for bees and other pollinators  (see Sanna Burns’ recent article on this website),  and make a pretty and medicinal or culinary addition to flower borders and marginal areas in the garden, or mixed in with the herb patch.  All these species are for sowing in spring.

Here is my 2010 list, in alphabetical order.

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