Need a new challenge?

6th January 2011 by

So, we’ve been concocting monthly challenges for a couple of years now and we’re beginning to run dry of ideas (don’t worry our idea power is renewable but our brains need a little recharge). That’s why this month we’re challenging you to challenge us back! We want you, dear reader, to send us a monthly challenge that you’d like to do and see others do too. Our favourite will get the fame and glory of being February’s monthly challenge.

We’ve challenged you to go rubbish free; holiday in the UK; have a digital detox; get a green energy supplier, an ethical bank account and a seasonal vegetable habit; and to draw everything single thing you buy (that was the weird to accompany all the other wonderfuls).  You can brush up on these and all the other monthly challenges here.

So please send your monthly challenge ideas to jo@otesha.org.uk and give us something great to grapple with in 2010.

Revolutionary Resolutions

1st February 2010 by

According to some clever bloke on the Internet people have been making new years resolutions since 153BC. This month we challenge you to carry on the tradition and commit yourself to a green resolution.

We’ve resolved to:

  • Go to more swishing parties (that’s clothes swapping to us lay men)
  • Stop buying new clothes
  • Mend old clothes
  • Reuse water bottles and stop buying mineral water
  • Take showers inside of baths
  • Vegan it up two meals a day
  • Write more letters (to friends and MPs)
  • Protest more
  • Brave the weather and the traffic and cycle to work everyday.

And remember, if you break yours you can always start again on the Chinese or Iranian new years.

Martha sent us this resolution:

Mine is to grow my own sweet potatoes, as it is apparently quite easy and I never see any for sale from anywhere closer than Spain.

For anyone who wants to try this first buy a couple of sweet potatoes now since you need to start them nowish. Put them in an airing cupboard or somewhere else nice and warm. Leave them till about April by which time they should have produced some lovely shoots. Take these shoots off and plant them in a nice peat free seed compost, and keep them somewhere fairly warm, definitely frost free in sunlight and don’t forget to water them.

In June either plant them in a reasonable bit of soil or, as I will, in a big tub- old plastic dustbin I used last year for strawberries in my case. Peat free compost and regular feeding with some seaweed product should work fine. If you can add some home made compost all the better. Make sure the tub is well drained. Leave to grow, making sure they are weed free- if you plant them in the ground it’s good to plant them through something, maybe old carpet.

I think they are ready in August-September. When you dig them up be sure to dig deep as they grow downwards or you’ll miss a load of them, one of my reasons for planting in a big tub; I should make sure to get them all.


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