Compost Toilet build
Over the last month we have been busy building a compost toilet in readiness for receiving students for our future Permaculture courses.
With help from volunteers (pictured above attaching the roof) we have managed to convert an old wooden kids play house (unused and slowly deteriorating) into a wheelie bin compost toilet system. The toilet is now fully functional, although we still have a few things to finish off, namly the doors! 
We’ll post an update soon with an explanation of how this system functions.

Compost Toilet build

Over the last month we have been busy building a compost toilet in readiness for receiving students for our future Permaculture courses.

With help from volunteers (pictured above attaching the roof) we have managed to convert an old wooden kids play house (unused and slowly deteriorating) into a wheelie bin compost toilet system. The toilet is now fully functional, although we still have a few things to finish off, namly the doors! 

We’ll post an update soon with an explanation of how this system functions.

PDC 19 - 31 May 2015

SAVE THE DATE Permaculture Design Course dates confirmed at PRI Tap o’ Noth, Scotland.

Our first Permaculture Design Course (PDC) will take place from the 19th – 31st of May 2015 and will be certified by the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia.

The full 72 hour internationally recognised PDC will be held on site at the UK’s first Permaculture Research Institute, PRI Tap o’ Noth in Rhynie, Aberdeenshire. The course will be led by visiting teacher Angus Soutar, co-taught by…

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Feels like Autumn here since the remnants of Hurricane Bertha blew over our place here on the side of the Tap. Nights are getting darker and there was a light frost in the morning. Bringing in lots of lovely veg though, eating fresh and storing for winter. 

Another before and after - this time the lower half of the forest garden & the main crop area which we began creating March this year (2014). Still a work in progress but so far we have……
Two swales planted to fruit trees (apple, damson, pear, cherry) and shrubs (blackcurrant, aronia and goji) with support species of broom, alder, comfrey as well as a whole load of cover crops, herbs and vegetables. An elder, hazel and willow hedgerow. A large planting of potatoes, peas and pumpkin. Two small polytunnels and the chicken forage system.

Chicken forage crop germinated well.

Chicken forage crop germinated well.

Looking through the kale to our WWOOFer caravan.

Looking through the kale to our WWOOFer caravan.

Check out this article about the duck system here at Permaculture Research Institute Tap o’ Noth, Scotland.
http://pri-tap.com/2014/07/14/ducks-in-the-bath/

Check out this article about the duck system here at Permaculture Research Institute Tap o’ Noth, Scotland.

http://pri-tap.com/2014/07/14/ducks-in-the-bath/

Chicken forage system & attached polytunnel

An area, attached to the main chicken yard, where we can plant forage crops to reduce the need for off-site feed and to give the chickens extra space. A dividing fence enables rotational planting/foraging. An attached polytunnel makes use of the chicken forage fence as a supporting wall, providing a growing frame for climbers needing that extra heat.

Ducks in a Permaculture system

You don’t have a slug problem, you have a duck deficiency” – Bill Mollison

It was reading the above quote that made us want to acquire some ducks here at PRI Tap o’ Noth. The idea of using the natural foraging instinct of the duck to rid our Kitchen Garden of slugs and snails, by encouraging them to browse through our garden systems, was very appealing.

The ducks enjoying a flooded swale

The ducks enjoying a flooded swale.

It is…

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