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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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
This is a rather delicious summer fruit pudding recipe from Mel Sellings, aka the Jammy Bodger, using bread and seasonal berries. What better treat could there be than enjoying it out in the garden on a delightful summer day. I’ll let Mel explain… Fruit, sugar and bread… Pah, I thought. This is going to be […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Chicken treats to buy can cost a small fortune. Why not make them?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
A practical video, no frills, on how to make a functional bee hotel for the garden with using whatever you have to hand.
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 […]
Neonicotinoids are harming birds as well as bees. New research has now linked them to a reduction in the numbers of farmland birds. This follows hot on the heels of an assessment last month that these nerve agents are now threatening all food production, and comes only days after Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, tried to […]
Gardener Terry Walton likes to enjoy his brassicas without the interference of insects and clubroot, and over the years he has picked up a few tricks to ensure he manages it. Here he shares a survival plan for your brassicas. Brassicas are a family of vegetables with more species than any other single vegetable group […]