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Gift ideas – Herbs

Gift ideas – Herbs

Julia Squires has created a cottage business supplying herbs in unusual containers. Here she provides tips on creating a handy 24/7 kitchen herb garden Here at Coombe Cottage, since leaving the rat race, our new life has opened up many exciting doors for us – one of which is growing and selling herbs. I have […]

By October 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
How to Build a Dehydrator

How to Build a Dehydrator

                                       Making the most of an abundant harvest is the name of the game for all home farmers, and this month reader, Chris Southall (ecodiy.org) shows us how to do it in style with a ‘powered’ solar dehydrator In addition to bottling and jamming, we are also preserving more and more fruit by drying here […]

By October 12, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
All your Electric Poultry Questions Answered Here

All your Electric Poultry Questions Answered Here

If you’ve not worked with electric netting before setting up a new system can appear daunting. But there is lot’s of help and advice available and the systems in use now are safe and easy to install. We’ve asked the experts at Electric Fencing Direct to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about […]

Setting up and Looking After Raised Beds

Setting up and Looking After Raised Beds

Mark Abbott-Compton guides us through setting up and preparing the ideal growing environment for your veg. One of the commonest things I am asked is, “How do I increase the amount of vegetables harvested from the garden?” Well, over the years, gardens have become smaller and smaller, and many people no longer want to devote […]

Make Your Own Seed Tapes

Make Your Own Seed Tapes

Here’s a quicky garden hack which makes a practical alternative or a great gift. Seed mats and seed tapes seem to be a popular feature in gardening catalogues but using basic kitchen items and seeds you can easily make your own. Using seed mats and tapes helps you to place your seeds exactly where you […]

By March 27, 2017 1 Comments Read More →
Pallet Hack

Pallet Hack

Thanks to reader, C. Roberts, who emailed me this info on pallet deconstruction. A useful skill if you are planning to make use of the wood for projects such as our chair. Or seek out further inspiration from ideas on our Pinterest board dedicated to all thinks pallety. The different uses to which pallets can […]

By March 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

in The Kitchen

End to Locally-sourced Meat?

End to Locally-sourced Meat?

A report from the Sustainable Food Trust (SFT) describes the UK’s small local abattoirs as close to collapse. Over the last ten years more than a third have closed, with just 63 now remaining in England (down from 96 in 2007). This, together with the resulting high financial, environmental and welfare cost of transporting relatively […]

Soreen Type Malt Loaf Recipe

Soreen Type Malt Loaf Recipe

This recipe for squidgy, sticky dark malt loaf produces a loaf like the popular Soreen brand. Once made leave for 2 – 3 days to allow the flavours to develop and for it to moisten and acquire the traditional sticky texture. Bakers beware – it is easy to overcook it as the colours are already […]

By January 28, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Dandelion and Burdock Wine

Dandelion and Burdock Wine

This particular drink has been around for hundreds of years. The dandelion makes its earliest appearances in March and April, particularly on sunny days. Taraxacum officinale is its Latin name, but as children we knew it as ‘wee the bed’, or for the more romantically inclined, ‘love’s oracle’. These golden, daisy-like flowers are traditionally gathered […]

By January 27, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Making Wine out of Jam

Making Wine out of Jam

  Sylvia Kent creates two fruit wines using home-made jam and marmalade. Many of the nation’s winemakers – whose interests often lie more in the cosiness of a warm kitchen – have no doubt already got started in the business of creating new and imaginative variations of many favourite wines. Although in the warmer months […]

By January 19, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Yeast Free Fruit and Nut Breakfast Loaf

Yeast Free Fruit and Nut Breakfast Loaf

Elizabeth McCorquodale’s loaf is particularly delicious toasted and keeps very well in the fridge for up to a week, or you can bake up a batch and keep it, pre-sliced, in the freezer until needed. Never make this loaf if you are watching your weight… the aroma of it toasting is truly seductive and will […]

By January 19, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Double Chocolate Chip Bread and Butter Pudding

Double Chocolate Chip Bread and Butter Pudding

Lizzie B shares her experiment for double chocolate chip bread and butter pudding – one for the chocoholics. She apologies for the sugar rush this may cause, as it contains both chocolate chips and chocolate custard. She also uses brioche for the bread which gives this sumptuously sweet dessert a lovely spongy texture. Brioche is […]

By November 27, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Renewable Energy

Offshore Wind now Cheaper than Gas and Nuclear

Offshore Wind now Cheaper than Gas and Nuclear

There are consistent howls from the likes of Jacob Rees-Mogg and Owen Paterson whenever renewable energy is mentioned, together with a patronising comment that it has its part to play in the greater scheme of things, but will never meet the mass needs of the UK. It’s often suggested  that wind turbines are more damaging […]

By September 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Solar Power for the Shed

Solar Power for the Shed

John Butterworth checks out recent developments in solar panels as he provides solar-powered lighting for a tractor shed I wrote about using a solar panel to power a hen-house light in a previous post, so now it’s time to see how things have moved on, and to get up to date with a newer, bigger […]

By February 8, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Is this the end of Fracking…or Renewables?

Is this the end of Fracking…or Renewables?

As the UK government attempts to limit local democracy in the UK to force through fracking, and goes cap in hand to the Chinese to enable its nuclear ambitions, it seems the Americans have done a U-turn – apparently, solar and wind power are surging forward as shale gas and coal falter. It seems that […]

Anaerobic Digestion – Spreading the Goodness

Anaerobic Digestion – Spreading the Goodness

Through the process of combining biodegradable materials, a new fuel was created that produced electricity and other self-sufficient solutions. This not only saved money, but also reduced environmental impacts by making our waste once again useful. Known as Anaerobic Digestion, we saw a reduction in fossil fuel by 50% as we discovered what materials would […]

By August 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

Crafts

Bath Tea Bags

Bath Tea Bags

These muslin sachets, often called Tub Teas, can be hung form the taps, so the water runs through them while you are running your bath. Each bag can be used twice. Dry thoroughly after the first use, then use again before discarding the mixture ready for refilling. *Instead of herbs you can use the contents […]

By November 15, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Gifts for Gardeners Ideas

Gifts for Gardeners Ideas

Elizabeth McCorquodale creates some easy-to-make, fun and personalised home-made Christmas presents, many using either home-grown or recycled materials I love making things from scratch, and throughout the year I set aside interesting bits and pieces – pretty jars or bottles, old cutlery, even old cans – that I can use later to make something for […]

By November 8, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Gift ideas – Herbs

Gift ideas – Herbs

Julia Squires has created a cottage business supplying herbs in unusual containers. Here she provides tips on creating a handy 24/7 kitchen herb garden Here at Coombe Cottage, since leaving the rat race, our new life has opened up many exciting doors for us – one of which is growing and selling herbs. I have […]

By October 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
How to Build a Dehydrator

How to Build a Dehydrator

                                       Making the most of an abundant harvest is the name of the game for all home farmers, and this month reader, Chris Southall (ecodiy.org) shows us how to do it in style with a ‘powered’ solar dehydrator In addition to bottling and jamming, we are also preserving more and more fruit by drying here […]

By October 12, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Knitted Christmas Tree Decoration

Knitted Christmas Tree Decoration

This Christmas stocking to hang on your tree or fill with a few sweets is super easy and quick to knit. Use bits of DK wool. For a three dimensional look, pad it with filler and patch the top with felt to keep it in. Using 3.75 needles and main colour cast on 18 stitches. […]

By September 9, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Pallet Hack

Pallet Hack

Thanks to reader, C. Roberts, who emailed me this info on pallet deconstruction. A useful skill if you are planning to make use of the wood for projects such as our chair. Or seek out further inspiration from ideas on our Pinterest board dedicated to all thinks pallety. The different uses to which pallets can […]

By March 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Livestock

‘Egg-cellent’ Easter Eggs v Happy Hens’ Eggs

‘Egg-cellent’ Easter Eggs v Happy Hens’ Eggs

It’s nearly Easter, which means the supermarket shelves are stacked full of shiny chocolate eggs, but a national hen welfare charity is hoping the public will spare a thought for hens’ eggs at this time of year too. With that in mind, the British Hen Welfare Trust takes a quick look at how hens’ eggs […]

By March 16, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Increase in Slaughter without Stunning

Increase in Slaughter without Stunning

Apparently the number of sheep slaughtered in the UK without prior stunning has doubled in the last 6 years to over 3 million. The sharp rise – attributed to the Muslim community eating more sheep meat and ‘enhance religious observance’ ‒ was described by independent peer, Lord Trees, a former president of the Royal College […]

New Threat to UK Dairy Industry

New Threat to UK Dairy Industry

  Every week sees yet another new attempt by US producers peddling inferior products to infiltrate the UK market, presumably prompted by our need to sign trade agreements as we leave the UK. But seriously; if someone tried to sell you an inferior product then described your refusal to buy it as a ‘trade barrier’, […]

End to Locally-sourced Meat?

End to Locally-sourced Meat?

A report from the Sustainable Food Trust (SFT) describes the UK’s small local abattoirs as close to collapse. Over the last ten years more than a third have closed, with just 63 now remaining in England (down from 96 in 2007). This, together with the resulting high financial, environmental and welfare cost of transporting relatively […]

Healthy Chickens Check List

Healthy Chickens Check List

In this post Jason Weller of Mantel Farm focuses specifically on the health and welfare of your flock. Sitting down to write my first Home Farmer post seems a daunting task. Keeping readers interested month to month on the subject of keeping poultry – a topic which has been tackled repeatedly – is a considerable […]

By February 13, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Feeding Goats

Feeding Goats

  Emma Hurrell BSc (Hons), PGCert, discusses the importance of providing your goats with a high quality, balanced diet to ensure they remain healthy and productive THE IMPORTANCE OF FIBRE As ruminants, goats are highly adapted to digesting fibre. Eating fibrous material such as hay and tree branches promotes rumination (‘chewing the cud’), maintains healthy […]

By February 13, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

The Kitchen Garden

Growing Rhubarb

Growing Rhubarb

Gaby Bartai provides growing and storage advice together with creative serving suggestions and recipes for your rhubarb crop Rhubarb is something of a touchstone in the gardening year. After long weeks spent coaxing early spring crops into producing discernable growth, rhubarb bounces back into rampant production, the harvest is finally underway, and your faith in […]

By February 13, 2018 1 Comments Read More →
Compost Recipes

Compost Recipes

  Elizabeth McCorquodale mixes up some sustainable compost recipes for all your different gardening needs Plunging a hand into a bucket of well-rotted, home-made compost or leaf-mould is always a very satisfying thing. Plunging it into a bag of proprietary, shop-bought potting mix is usually a bit of a disappointment, and that disappointment often comes […]

By January 27, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
What is Intercropping

What is Intercropping

      Mark Abbott-Compton from Learn How to Garden takes advantage of intercropping to maximise plot space – a great technique for getting better harvests from smaller plots with minimum effort. Intercropping ‒ or catch cropping ‒ is quite simply one of the best ways to maximise the amount of crops you can get […]

By January 19, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
2018 Potato Days Listings

2018 Potato Days Listings

We’ve pulled together just some of the events taking place up and down the country. It’s worth contacting your own local garden society or allotment group too, as often ‘pop-up’ events are held which can be informal but very rewarding and fruitful. Please note that a number of the listings fall short on some information so […]

By January 17, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Seaweed on the Garden

Seaweed on the Garden

Frank Beswick gives advice on collection and processing seaweed to apply to your plot. WHEN MY SON returned to England after a year abroad, he needed to put a bit of weight back on. Needless to say, maternal instinct kicked in and his mother cooked him a full roast dinner, with all the vegetables coming […]

By October 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Quick Growing Veg

Quick Growing Veg

Elizabeth McCorquodale sorts out some of the fastest-growing vegetable varieties for your plot and your plate, with our brief for a maximum three-month waiting time Although we might not necessarily all think of gardening as a year-round affair, we do generally regard it as a pastime that fills all of the warmer months. But what […]

By October 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

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