Milk bottle planters


A clever upcycle on a budget and with infinite possibilities! :D

Originally posted on Foodnstuff:

I go through 3 litres of milk a week. While the plastic containers are (supposedly) recyclable, it still irks me to see them in the recycling bin. Being a Grade A Cynic, I doubt that much of what I put in the bin actually gets recycled.

In a permaculture system, each element should perform more than one function. So the bottles have already functioned to deliver milk to the system. What else can they do?

I’ve cut the tops out of them to use as dippers in my 60 litre rainwater harvesting bins which sit beside the rows of wicking boxes :


How about growing plants in them? Cut away the top and part of the side, leaving the handle intact. Drill a couple of drainage holes about one-third of the way up from the bottom (so it becomes a wicking container) and fill with compost :


Add a seedling…

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Still here

Just a brief post to let you know we are all still alive and well. It’s been an intense year of changes and challenges here for us and in order to get through it we have needed to let things go. I am hoping to return to blogging in the future but not quite at this stage.

Know that, although I am rarely commenting, I am continuing to read the blogs I follow. Your words have remained most important to me.

Blessings to you all.

Another update

It’s been ages since my last post. In fact I’ve been most irregular posting this year. It’s far more fun getting out and living it all than writing about it I’m afraid. ;) Continue reading

Dmitry Orlov at his very best


I thought this was a good summation of what has happened, what is happening and what is likely yet to come, at least as far as our financial system is concerned.

Originally posted on Damn the Matrix:

I suppose many (most?) of you already follow Orlov’s great blog and have already read this piece.  As far as I’m concerned, it’s one of the very best analyses of the predicaments we face all wrapped up in a concise and easy to understand piece of journalism.
 Originally published here.

Financial Feudalism

Once upon a time—and a fairly long time it was—most of the thickly settled parts of the world had something called feudalism. It was a way of organizing society hierarchically. Typically, at the very top there was a sovereign (king, prince, emperor, pharaoh, along with some high priests). Below the sovereign were several ranks of noblemen, with hereditary titles. Below the noblemen were commoners, who likewise inherited their stations in life, be it by being bound to a piece of land upon which they toiled, or by being granted the right to engage in a certain type of…

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The Lie We Live



Originally posted on Damn the Matrix:

This great video questions our freedom, the education system, corporations, money, the American capitalist system, the US government, world collapse, the environment, climate change, genetically modified food, and our treatment of animals….

“They gave us money, and in exchange we gave them the Earth”

Enjoy, and share widely……..

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