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OUR NEW CATALOGUE IS IN

OUR NEW CATALOGUE IS IN

Our very latest book cataglogue is now in. Download the digital version. Click on a book and it links straight through to our store click here

By October 31, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Latest Free Book Friday Book

Latest Free Book Friday Book

  The Diary of a Farmer’s Wife This is an extraordinary document written by a young woman who lives and breathes in it s pages as she did then. It describes a domestic, endlessly busy and clever but also loving and tender Anne Hughes who devoted her life to her husband and their farm. With […]

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in The Kitchen

FORAGING FOR MEDLARS

FORAGING FOR MEDLARS

Interesting little vid showing what to look for when out foraging for medlars.

Strawberry Wine Recipe

Strawberry Wine Recipe

Winemaker, winemaker blogger and Lawyer, Ben Hardy, shares his strawberry wine recipe – a surprisingly dry little number akin to a refreshing rose and easy to make making it an ideal wine for the first time wine maker. INGREDIENTS 1.8kg  strawberries 1.4kg sugar 3.5 litres water 1 sachet of yeast 1 tsp yeast nutrient 1 […]

How to Dry Cherries

How to Dry Cherries

Every year I get a box of cherries from The Cherry Man at the Smallholders Show in Ardingly. If I can possibly resist snacking on them during the long drive home from Sussex to Lancashire after the show, I dry and use them to replace raisins in a number of recipes. They keep for up […]

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is probably the most obvious cake that springs to mind when baking with vegetables. It’s a great way of using up any excess carrots, and a lovely accompaniment to a cuppa on any afternoon. This particular recipe comes courtesy of Jennie Rutland. INGREDIENTS FOR THE CAKE 4 eggs 250ml (8½ fl oz) oil […]

Renewable Energy

Building and Using a Solar Cooker

Building and Using a Solar Cooker

Article by Joanne Brannan June 2012 Home Farmer Many solar cookers are either complicated to construct, very expensive to buy, or suitable only for climates far sunnier than ours here in the UK. But there is one simple solar cooker design that costs next to nothing to build and works remarkably well, even here! When […]

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DIY solar-power for the shed or poultry house

DIY solar-power for the shed or poultry house

John Butterworth ‘sheds light’ on a simple DIY solar-powered system for illuminating your hen-house or running an electric fence. Home Farmer September 2011 Always a drawback, isn’t it, to have a shed too far away from a mains supply? It makes you realise just how much we rely on power-on-tap these days. Maybe you need […]

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Renewable Energy – Heat Generators

Renewable Energy – Heat Generators

John Butterworth, author of Woodburning, continues his search for affordable sources of renewable energy for the home – Heat Generators, Article Home Farmer June 2011 Part 1 of this article Heat is usually classed as ‘low-grade’ energy because it’s not very versatile – we can heat water or space with it, but unlike electricity it’s […]

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Renewable Energy on a Small Scale

Renewable Energy on a Small Scale

With new Feed in Tariffs available, John Butterworth looks at the best options for renewable energy sources around the home farm  Article Home Farmer May 2011 by John Butterworth. As Home Farmer readers, I’m guessing that you’re not likely to construct an offshore wind farm (or an onshore one, come to that), but maybe you’ve […]

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Crafts

How to Make a Fence out of a Pallet

How to Make a Fence out of a Pallet

Love this guy! Speaks down-to-earth Home Farmer language. Here he is showing us how to make a fence out of a pallet. Loads of tips too. Love it. Good even put up with the tongue in cheek intro. Enjoy.

How to break down a pallet

How to break down a pallet

There are quite a few videos covering this topic – we like this one because DIY-er lets actions speak loader than words. It has no irritating music. Very functional, very practical showing all you need to know.

How to Make a Three-Tier Planter

How to Make a Three-Tier Planter

Stephen Chilcott shares with Home Farmer his plans for how to make three-tier planter. If towns have shot skywards, then so too can gardens… So, let’s go ‘no-dig’ and let’s go onwards and upwards, piling vegetable beds up into the sky, one on top of the other! By this I mean raised beds or planters […]

Making Your Own Reed Diffusers

Making Your Own Reed Diffusers

I’ve seen these selling for £20 + in shops. Hard to believe! Let me first make the point that the hardest job here is sourcing appropriate bottles. They need to have a narrow top to stop everything evaporating away, but at the same time must look at least ‘presentable’. I’ve heard of people using jam […]

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Livestock

Chicken Treat Recipe – Chicken Cobbler

Chicken Treat Recipe – Chicken Cobbler

Chicken treats to buy can cost a small fortune. Why not make them?

Controlling Ragwort

Controlling Ragwort

At the recent smallholder event in Ardingly someone came to our stand and talked at length about the problems of ragwort for livestock, and suggested we cover it in Home Farmer. In fact we have covered controlling ragwort in an article by Heidi M. Sands. For anyone concerned about ragwort and how to protect livestock […]

Companion Animals on the Home Farm

Companion Animals on the Home Farm

Heidi M. Sands considers the role and benefit of a group of unique animals whose companionship can greatly improve our own quality of life The dictionary definition for the words ‘companion animal’ is an animal kept primarily for company or protection. Usually known as pets, these are animals that provide benefits to their owners, or […]

Red Mites in Poultry Houses

Red Mites in Poultry Houses

We’ve never actually had a problem with red mite, but that doesn’t mean we won’t at some point in the future, and it’s that fact that should always prevent you becoming complacent – the greatest asset these pests enjoy. What are Red Mites? Red mite are generally spread by wild birds, so even a brand-new […]

The Kitchen Garden

COOKING WITH QUINCE

COOKING WITH QUINCE

Really good little vid showing a few ideas, including a couple of innovative ones, for cooking with quince.

PREPARING AND COOKING WITH MEDLARS

PREPARING AND COOKING WITH MEDLARS

A useful vid taking you through the process of preparing medlars showing you the texture and giving some ideas for cooking with them.

How to Make a Bee Hotel

How to Make a Bee Hotel

A practical video, no frills, on how to make a functional bee hotel for the garden with using whatever you have to hand.

Creating a Wildlife Garden

Creating a Wildlife Garden

Brigit Strawbridge sets out a simple plan to attract a wide range of traditional ‘garden dwellers’ to bring your plot alive by creating a wildlife garden. Since the 1930s, ninety-seven per cent of Britain’s grasslands and meadows have disappeared. This is a staggering loss by anyone’s standards. Urban sprawl has resulted in an ever-increasing encroachment […]

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