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Living with a Septic Tank

Living with a Septic Tank

If you move away to your perfect country idyll, it’s highly likely that it will have a septic tank. Heidi M. Sands ‘steps in’ with a layman’s explanation of the system and the ‘dos and don’ts’ Like a lot of people with an older property, we live with a septic tank. What this means is […]

By February 23, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make a Vertical Step-ladder Garden

How to Make a Vertical Step-ladder Garden

Making the most of a small garden or beautifying an outdoor area? Ladder stands are ‘stepping’ in to help. John Mason and the staff at ACS Distance Learning investigate and build one As gardens and outdoor spaces are diminishing in size, many people are looking at ways to make the most of their available space. […]

By February 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 →
Creating a Larder

Creating a Larder

Larders and pantries are no longer commonplace, so this month John Mason and his ACS team consider the requirements for an effective and traditional place to store your food Larders were common in British homes before the widespread use of mechanical refrigeration in the 1960s. They then fell out of favour and all but disappeared […]

By February 8, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Log Cabin Checklist

Log Cabin Checklist

Do you want a log cabin on your land? Do you dream of a rural retreat, maybe some holiday homes or an annex? Whatever the reason log cabins seem a perfect solution. Here is our checklist of the top 10 things to consider before signing on the dotted line provided by Nick Forrester, MD of […]

By February 7, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make a Fancy Planter

How to Make a Fancy Planter

John Butterworth makes an attractive planter – a bit fiddly (his own words) but well worth the effort. Plus it will last a few seasons due to using good quality wood and preservative. Here’s a little project that will cost very little in materials, and it’s ideal for those long, winter days, but I have […]

By February 2, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

in The Kitchen

Guinness Bread with an Oat Topping

Guinness Bread with an Oat Topping

This is a completely different texture and taste to the crusty white rolls – it’s far chewier, for one thing, and the treacle gives it a rich aftertaste. Like our Tiger Bread, it’s a bread of character! It’s delicious strong cheeses or a good ham. INGREDIENTS FOR THE BREAD 350g rye flour 150g strong white […]

By February 23, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Sugar Free Jam

Sugar Free Jam

OK, not strictly true. Fruit contains sugar but it can be viewed that this is a ‘good’ sugar and has certainly been the inspiration for Seren Hollin’s inspired sugar-free jam recipes Like it or lump it, the Western diet is now very high in refined sugar, and whilst I am not against a sweet treat, […]

By February 23, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Microwave Jam

Microwave Jam

Reader Alan Brooks shares his trick for making small batches of jam in the microwave – an ideal, low-volume way of preserving the harvest and like our instructions for making marmalade in the microwave you can settle for making a couple of jars at a time and have a bit of an experiment. Are you […]

By February 8, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Six Favourite Farmhouse Fruit Cakes to Make

Six Favourite Farmhouse Fruit Cakes to Make

We’ve gathered some recipes from the last (almost) 10 years of HF, just a few of them mind, to keep you going. Boris Johnson once said “My policy on cake is pro having it and pro eating it” and one unknown but wise person spotted that ‘stressed’ spelt backwards is desserts! Here is our round-up […]

By February 8, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Healthier Tray Bakes

Healthier Tray Bakes

Traybakes are ever so popular, but they typically contain lashings of flour, sugar and syrup. LizzieB creates some healthier but no less delicious options using natural sweeteners This particular traybake post is all about looking for the healthier option. So, can we really have our cake and eat it without feeling guilty about eating too […]

By February 8, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Creating a Larder

Creating a Larder

Larders and pantries are no longer commonplace, so this month John Mason and his ACS team consider the requirements for an effective and traditional place to store your food Larders were common in British homes before the widespread use of mechanical refrigeration in the 1960s. They then fell out of favour and all but disappeared […]

By February 8, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Renewable Energy

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 […]

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 →

Crafts

Getting Started on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Getting Started on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Ann Dishman is the Chair of the East Sussex Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers and a gifted weaver of Scandinavian-style rugs. Here she explains her technique and how to source the material I have loved spinning and weaving for many years – not the intricate and beautiful weavings of my fellow weavers but the […]

By February 13, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make a Fancy Planter

How to Make a Fancy Planter

John Butterworth makes an attractive planter – a bit fiddly (his own words) but well worth the effort. Plus it will last a few seasons due to using good quality wood and preservative. Here’s a little project that will cost very little in materials, and it’s ideal for those long, winter days, but I have […]

By February 2, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

How to Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

So many recipes for extracts are designed to produce amounts which could keep the WI going for months on end, so I’ve reduced the typical quantities here to make this a bit more realistic for the average-sized kitchen and the requirements of a ‘normal’ person. In each case the preserving of the extract in vodka […]

By January 26, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Simple Clock Make Over

Simple Clock Make Over

I spotted this rather sad and dated clock in a charity shop, the mechanics worked fine, it even had a working battery so well worth the £2 being asked for it. Here’s how I brought it ‘back to the future’. YOU WILL NEED Coarse, clean scouring pad Wrapping paper (strong, good quality ‘Kraft’ type is […]

By November 24, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
You’ll love this candle hack

You’ll love this candle hack

Wax candles in jam jars (or any other glass containers including the Yankee Candle variety) look great BUT after a few hours of burning the amount of air getting to the wick isn’t enough to keep it burning brightly. As a result your favourite candle is limp and lame if lit at all and more […]

By November 15, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make a Cheap Cheesepress

How to Make a Cheap Cheesepress

  This plan goes back to when we made Stilton, Lancashire and Brie cheeses last year. We have always wanted to do hard cheeses, too, which require specific weights, and therefore something a little more formal than a cheese on a tray with a chopping board on top, weighted down with a large carton of […]

By November 10, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Livestock

Living with a Septic Tank

Living with a Septic Tank

If you move away to your perfect country idyll, it’s highly likely that it will have a septic tank. Heidi M. Sands ‘steps in’ with a layman’s explanation of the system and the ‘dos and don’ts’ Like a lot of people with an older property, we live with a septic tank. What this means is […]

By February 23, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
NFU Appeal to Lift Neonic Ban Flies in Face of Logic

NFU Appeal to Lift Neonic Ban Flies in Face of Logic

Invertebrate charity, Buglife, is dismayed that the National Farmers Union (NFU) is ignoring the compelling evidence that neonics have damaged wild bee populations and has again asked Defra to temporarily lift the EU-wide ban on using neonicotinoid seed treatments on insect pollinated crops. There is abundant scientific evidence that neonic seed treatments do not consistently […]

By February 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Pig Feed

Pig Feed

As part of our series on animal nutrition, Jo Montague, BSc (Hons) and animal nutritionist for Marriages Feeds, looks as the nutritional requirements of pigs, and offers some timely tips on winter husbandry. This post complements our post by Jo on What to feed Chickens to keep them Healthy. Just as they face problems at […]

By February 9, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Log Cabin Checklist

Log Cabin Checklist

Do you want a log cabin on your land? Do you dream of a rural retreat, maybe some holiday homes or an annex? Whatever the reason log cabins seem a perfect solution. Here is our checklist of the top 10 things to consider before signing on the dotted line provided by Nick Forrester, MD of […]

By February 7, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Avian Flu and the Current ‘Prevention Zone’

Avian Flu and the Current ‘Prevention Zone’

So far the H5N8 strain of avian influenza has been confirmed at a commercial game farm in Lancashire, at two separate poultry farms in Lincolnshire, and in backyard flocks in North Yorkshire and Carmarthenshire. Restrictions remain in place in Wyre, Lancashire (the most recent outbreak confirmed on the 16th of January), and in East Lindsey […]

Feeding Chickens to Keep them Healthy

Feeding Chickens to Keep them Healthy

This article, by Jo Montagu, BSc (Hons), nutritionist for Marriage’s Feeds, considers the dietary requirements for your chickens and we think this is possibly the most comprehensive guide to feeding your poultry you will find on the web. There are many different poultry feeds available on the market today. With vivid packaging and ranging costs, […]

By January 4, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

The Kitchen Garden

Garden Myths – Part Two – What Kills Slugs

Garden Myths – Part Two – What Kills Slugs

Elizabeth McCorquodale looks at natural slug traps and tests out what worked in the Gardener Vs Slug war. THE THEORY There is no doubt that slugs are a gardener’s worst springtime enemy. Later in the year the lush growth of a mature garden can usually cope with whatever the local slimy thugs throw at it, […]

By February 23, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make a Vertical Step-ladder Garden

How to Make a Vertical Step-ladder Garden

Making the most of a small garden or beautifying an outdoor area? Ladder stands are ‘stepping’ in to help. John Mason and the staff at ACS Distance Learning investigate and build one As gardens and outdoor spaces are diminishing in size, many people are looking at ways to make the most of their available space. […]

By February 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Garden Myths – Part one – Do Pots need Crocks?

Garden Myths – Part one – Do Pots need Crocks?

As gardeners, we probably all hoard broken pots for later use as drainage when potting new plants, but is it fact or fable as regards doing the job? Elizabeth McCorquodale investigates: When I set out to undertake this trial, I wondered if many people still put crocks in their pots, so I conducted a quick […]

By February 8, 2017 1 Comments Read More →
How to make a pond in a container

How to make a pond in a container

Water in a wildlife garden attracts more beneficial visitors than any other single element, and even the smallest of gardens can accommodate a mini pond, writes Emma Hardy, author of The Urban Wildlife Gardener. MAKING A MINI POND Even small spaces, such as a patio or balcony, can benefit from a water feature, and it’s […]

By January 26, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Potato Days and Seed Swop Events 2017

Potato Days and Seed Swop Events 2017

Much of this information was gathered from Pennard Plants, who work in cooperation with various local organisations to host the events. If you are organising a similar event, please send your details to ruth@homefarmer.co.uk, so we can add it to our growing list. BRIDPORT POTATO DAY Saturday 7th January 10.00am–1.30pm Bridport United Church East Street […]

By January 5, 2017 1 Comments Read More →
Brush Cutter Vs. String Trimmer

Brush Cutter Vs. String Trimmer

When it comes time to knock down those pesky weeds, you may find yourself wondering which tool would be best for you, a brush cutter or string trimmer. There is a huge difference between the two. One is meant for tidying up the yard  and the other is meant for clearing dense areas of brush […]

By January 5, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

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