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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

How to Make Elderflower Cordial

How to Make Elderflower Cordial

You can make a batch of this and use it either as a cordial or as a flavouring in ice creams and various other delights. You can freeze it too making sure you’ve got some throughout the year. See also Elderflower Mayonnaise, Elderflower & Tarragon Dressing INGREDIENTS 680g sugar 550ml water 1 lemon 12 elderflower […]

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How to Make Elderflower and Tarragon Dressing

How to Make Elderflower and Tarragon Dressing

This lovely recipe is by one of our regular contributors Elizabeth McCorquodale. see also Elderflower Mayonnaise, Elderflower Cordial This creamy dressing is delicious poured over warm chicken salad or poached trout. Use the annual French tarragon rather than the more common Russian tarragon, as the flavour is far superior. INGREDIENTS 1½ tbsp white wine vinegar […]

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How to Make Elderflower Mayonnaise

How to Make Elderflower Mayonnaise

This recipe for Elderflower Mayonnaise is by one of our regular contributors Elizabeth McCorquodale. See also Elderflower Cordial, Elderflower and Tarragon Dressing This mayonnaise is particularly delicious as a dressing for fish. While it does require forward planning in order to steep the flowers in the oil overnight, it is possible to make a batch […]

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How to Knead and Shape Bread

How to Knead and Shape Bread

This is one of the clearest videos we’ve found demonstrating how to knead and shape bread. It’s really quite hypnotic and quite calming as well as informative.

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

How to Hypnotise a Chicken – 2
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How to Hypnotise a Chicken
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Is this the smallest chicken egg ever laid?

Is this the smallest chicken egg ever laid?

Imagine my surprise yesterday when I went to collect eggs from the coop to find this tiny, weeny egg. Much smaller than normal eggs, it is not anything to be unduly concerned about, but I really do wonder if this is the smallest chicken egg ever laid? Known by a variety of names – Fairy, […]

Feeding Bees in Winter

Feeding Bees in Winter

Winter presents a fresh set of challenges for the beekeeper, especially when it comes to feeding bees in Winter. Claire Waring, Editor of Beecraft Magazine and regular contributor to Home Farmer Magazine describes how to check that your bees have enough food – and what to do if they don’t. In one sense there isn’t […]

By February 11, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The Kitchen Garden

How to Grow the Biggest Sunflower

How to Grow the Biggest Sunflower

We’ve asked Kevin Fortey of Giantveg.co.uk  to give us some tips on how to grow the biggest sunflower. He writes: Our strain has been developed over the last ten years and has consistently proved to be the largest ever grown in the UK. In September 2011, Jamie, at the age of just five, broke the […]

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Best Start for Seeds

Best Start for Seeds

As the growing season starts gardeners, allotment holders and professional growers are getting prepared for planting. All growers know that you reap what you sow and the key to growing outstanding fruit and veg is in the propagation. Using a fine textured, moisture retaining seed compost that stimulates excellent rooting will provide the ideal environment […]

By February 6, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Commission to withdraw the heritage seed ban proposal

Commission to withdraw the heritage seed ban proposal

In the July 2013 issue of Home Farmer, under the heading A New Class of Criminal, we wrote about plans to outlaw any vegetable seeds which had not been tested by a body called the EU Plant Variety Agency; growing, reproducing and trading them could have become a crime. As registering seeds costs money – […]

Raised Garden Beds

Raised Garden Beds

Having just a small garden, and one that our chickens roam and forage in at that, raised garden beds are an ideal solution, enabling us to close off our precious crop from our voracious raptors. Many folk think of raised beds just in terms of just rectangles, but I urge you, for your raised garden […]

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