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Our Cheese Making Shop is Open

Our Cheese Making Shop is Open

It maybe a bit cheesy but following various readers asking about equipment for making cheese we’ve decided to stock some of the basics and kits ideal for the beginner. We are now stocking rennet, starter cultures, moulds, presses and kits for both hard and soft cheese making. So if you’re feel inspired  to make your […]

By September 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

in The Kitchen

Making Chocolate Brownies

Making Chocolate Brownies

Everyone who has tasted a real brownie will remember just what they were doing at the time. I’ve only just recently discovered brownies and have now taken up the making chocolate brownies challenge. Up until recently I thought they were nothing more than chocolate sponge with a very good PR agent. I couldn’t understand what […]

By February 11, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make Pancakes

How to Make Pancakes

The traditional British pancake we associate with Shrove Tuesday is very flat and round. The perfect carrier for sweet or savoury flavourings but particularly good for curling up around lemon and sugar. There’s no great science to making perfectly flat, round pancakes – and before you run out and buy ready-made pancake mixture which is […]

By February 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
How to Toss a Pancake

How to Toss a Pancake

Useful vid on how to toss a pancake, without it sticking to the ceiling, the floor or the pan.

By February 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Robot Learns how to Toss a Pancake

Robot Learns how to Toss a Pancake

You saw it here, almost, first. At least it hasn’t got it stuck to the ceiling!

By February 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Renewable Energy

Going Off-grid

Going Off-grid

So you’ve heard the predictions regarding fuel shortages and you’re fed up with being held to ransom by Tom, Dick and every other fuel provider. Or you’re planning your escape to the big, green outdoors with limited access to on-grid fuel supply. Either way the idea of going off-grid is tempting to most home farmers. […]

By January 29, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
E.Coli to the Rescue

E.Coli to the Rescue

E.Coli to the rescue – probably one of the less likely phrases you might expect to come across. Universally it has quite rightly always been considered one of Nature’s real bad guys, but in the same way that John McVicar became a force for good, British and Finnish scientists have been using E.Coli to create […]

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 […]

By December 5, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

By October 25, 2013 1 Comments Read More →

Crafts

Free Cable Patterned Hat knitting Pattern

Free Cable Patterned Hat knitting Pattern

If all this has got you itching to get out your knitting needles, the Wonderwool Wales organisers have come up with a special pattern for Home Farmer – a free Cable Patterned Hat in double knitting yarn. The instructions are in three sizes – for a child, woman and man. Where the instructions differ, the […]

By February 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make Real Soap

How to Make Real Soap

Home Farmer reader Helen Cunnie takes away the smoke and mirrors all too often attached to so-called ‘real’ soap making and shows us how to make real soap. Soap was traditionally made from animal fat and the method is known as ‘cold process’, a reaction between fat and lye, with lye being caustic soda, which […]

By January 21, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Homemade Hand Cream

Homemade Hand Cream

We asked reader Lynn Huggins-Cooper for her recipe for homemade hand cream. This recipe is especially good for hands left battered and bruised after gardening or during winter. This preparation is invaluable for all sorts of aches and scrapes – so it’s perfect for chapped, scraped gardening hands. Ingredients 2oz beeswax 10 capsules of vitamin […]

By January 15, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
How To Knit Slippers – Free Knitting Pattern

How To Knit Slippers – Free Knitting Pattern

The Guide on how to Knit Slippers Very snug and very easy to knit, these under-shoe slippers can either be worn as slippers in the house or kept on beneath your backdoor shoes or wellies when nipping out into the garden to shut the chooks up for the night or to pick a few herbs […]

By November 27, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Livestock

Types of Beehives

Types of Beehives

We’ve asked Claire Waring, editor of Beecraft Magazine and co-author of the Haynes Bee Manual to sum up the types of beehives available. NESTING Our honeybees, Apis mellifera, nest in cavities. In the wild they use hollow trees and dry rock cavities. Rather unusually, one has even been found in a rabbit hole! Now, bees […]

By January 15, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Keeping Poultry Healthy in Winter

Keeping Poultry Healthy in Winter

Winter is here and although the days are shorter, there are still lots of jobs that need to be done in preparation for spring. With the growing season ahead of us, now is the time to prune, clear, compost and mulch. You can then plan and plant and look forward to delicious spring produce. There […]

By December 18, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Rare Breed Sales

Rare Breed Sales

Every autumn sees a series of rare breed sales around the country, with three of the best-known being in Melton Mowbray, York and Carlisle, although there are many more equally important smaller venues up and down the country too, and some even larger ones, no doubt. As events they are not designed to be a […]

By September 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The Goose Survey 2014

The Goose Survey 2014

The Goose Survey 2014 is a joint initiative between the Goose Club, the RBST and Defra, and is designed to determine the health of ‘at risk’ breeds − the Brecon Buff, the Grey/Buff Back, the Pilgrim, the Shetland (pictured above, photo courtesy of Mary Isbister), the West of England, the Sebastopol, the Embden and the […]

By September 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Kitchen Garden

Growing Carrots All Year Round

Growing Carrots All Year Round

Terry Walton talks to Home Farmer about growing carrots all year round. Carrots have simple requirements – a loamy soil free of stones and they like nothing better than basking in full sun. No freshly manured ground for these roots or they will not give that familiar long taproot and will instead send a myriad […]

By February 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Organic Soil Improvement

Organic Soil Improvement

Mike Hedges of Chase Organics, producers of The Organic Gardening Catalogue   talks about organic soil improvement and answers common questions on soil improvement. I have never been a ‘non-organic’ gardener, but have encountered quite a few over the years, clinging onto a chemical ‘security blankets’ and the idea that the soil is just something that […]

By January 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
How to Grow Perpetual Spinach

How to Grow Perpetual Spinach

HF contributor Jayne Neville looks at how to grow perpetual spinach and cultivate it in the home farmer garden. Not to be confused with annual spinach, perpetual spinach is a relative of beetroot but without its swollen root, and it is a biennial. I much prefer growing it to true spinach, which, although it is […]

By January 20, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
How to Propagate Herbs

How to Propagate Herbs

HF contributor Jayne Neville looks at how to propagate herbs as a cheap way of getting new plants. Many of the perennial or more woody herb varieties are perfect candidates for taking cuttings. Any time between March and October is fine for propagating cuttings, although during the hottest months of the year you will need […]

By January 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →