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How to Properly Organise Your Hand and Power Tools at Home

How to Properly Organise Your Hand and Power Tools at Home

Keeping tabs of your tools at home can sometimes be a more difficult task than having to actually accomplish a thorough do-it-yourself project here on Home Farmer. For one, these tools can be as small as a peanut, thus misplacing them under a cupboard or a dresser would be common practice. There are also those […]

By November 30, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make Compost Quickly

How to Make Compost Quickly

Keen grower, Mick Poultney, describes his tried-and-tested technique for producing nutritious and natural compost in just three weeks Compost is essential for the self-sufficient gardener because it’s a recycling of waste products and a free resource which can boost your crops, so it’s worth taking time to get it right. As a result of trial […]

By November 10, 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 →
How to Make Seed Bombs

How to Make Seed Bombs

Elizabeth McCorquodale looks at the principles of seed bombing – a wonderful method of recolonising impoverished verges and embankments as long as the important dos and don’ts are adopted which includes which seed to spread and which to avoid! Guerrilla gardening first came to light in New York in the 1970s, when a community group […]

How to Make a Straw Bale Bed

How to Make a Straw Bale Bed

Mark Abbott-Compton from www.learn-how-to-garden.com has been using bales of straw or hay for a number of years, either to grow crops or as the framework for some quick-to-construct and cost-efficient raised beds. Here he combines bale beds with the technique of creating a layered no-dig bed. no-dig techniques to both extend his plot and use […]

How to Make a Wicking Bed

How to Make a Wicking Bed

Dave Hamilton, author of Grow Your Own Food For Free, shows how to make a Wicking container, the ideal, permaculture solution to irrigate your container plants, for next to nothing. Container gardening is a very thirsty way of growing, and lack of water is especially a problem for those growing most of their produce in […]

in The Kitchen

Easy to Make Florentines

Easy to Make Florentines

Magical little bites of sweet, crispy, fruit and nuts dipped in chocolate, is how LizzieB describes these. She has tried almost every variation of nuts, fruit and chocolate, but has finally decided on this recipe as her favourite, which uses dark chocolate, flaked almonds and dried apricots – and she’s also known to add the […]

By December 7, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
A Simple Baklava Recipe

A Simple Baklava Recipe

This Middle Eastern delight looks amazing, and also looks as though it might be rather complicated to make. The reality is that it’s nowhere near as hard as it looks, and LizzieB’s super-easy edible gift recipe really has the ‘wow’ factor. INGREDIENTS 1 packet filo pastry 200g caster sugar 175g honey 250g unsalted butter 500g […]

By December 7, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Christmas Dog Treats

Christmas Dog Treats

Forthglade, the natural pet food company from Devon, have sent us this recipe for making turkey and cranberry treats for the pampered pooch in our lives – and why not? Christmas isn’t just for us humans. Ingredients 130 grams oat flour 20 grams almond flour 60 grams dried cranberries 120 grams shredded turkey leftovers 2 […]

By December 1, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make Coconut Ice

How to Make Coconut Ice

I’ve adapted the recipe for Bounty Bars to make no-cooking needed coconut ice. Personally I prefer it to the more traditional Coconut Ice recipe. It’s certainly easy to make and gets better if left to ‘cure’ for a couple of days. INGREDIENTS 200ml condensed milk 150g desiccated coconut 400g icing sugar pink food colouring METHOD […]

By December 1, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Never Fail Gingerbread

Never Fail Gingerbread

Gingerbread sounds so inviting, especially around Autumn time. Often, though, it can promise more than it actually delivers with you have a job tasting any ginger. This recipe, sent in by Mrs Gwen Arthur of Meifod,  comes from my mum’s copy of ‘The Second Jimmy Young Cookbook,’ a source of ‘real cooking, by real folk’ […]

By December 1, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Chocolate and Chestnut Cake

Chocolate and Chestnut Cake

Reader, Rayne Matthew’s recipe is for a beautifully moist cake which makes a great alternative to the traditional fruit cake. It also has the added benefit of being gluten free. Ingredients 125g butter (at room temperature) 435g tin of unsweetened chestnut puree 1tsp vanilla extract 1 tbls dark rum 6 large eggs, (separated) Pinch of […]

By November 24, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Renewable Energy

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 →
DIY solar power projects | For the shed or poultry house

DIY solar power projects | 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. See Also: Preparing Poultry for Winter DIY Poultry House Plans Building and Using a Solar Oven   Always a drawback, isn’t it, to have a shed too far away from a mains supply? It makes you […]

By October 25, 2013 4 Comments Read More →

Crafts

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 →
Bonfire Toffee

Bonfire Toffee

This gorgeous, chewy confection is synonymous with Bonfire Night and Diana Peacock’s (of City Cottage) recipe is super easy and doesn’t go brittle. She urges you to use a thermometer as it takes all the guesswork out of making it. If you don’t have one keep a couple of saucers of ice-cold water to hand. […]

By October 26, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Knit a poppy for charity

Knit a poppy for charity

CALLING ALL KNITTERS A stunning, ambitious and memorial tribute to the 11,000 Devon men and women who lost their lives in the First World War is being planned for next year’s Devon County Show and the show society is calling on all crafters to get crafting. This commemoration is going to be made up of […]

By October 21, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Knitted Pattern for Devon County Show Poppies

Knitted Pattern for Devon County Show Poppies

This knitted pattern is from Devon County Show for their knitted poppy appeal. Poppy knitting pattern with petals PETALS (make 4) With 2mm needles and Red, cast on 5 sts. K 1 row and p 1 row. Next row: K twice in each of first 3 sts, k2 – 8 sts. P 1 row. Next […]

By October 21, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Livestock

Poultry Keepers to Keep Birds Indoors for 30 Days

Poultry Keepers to Keep Birds Indoors for 30 Days

The Chief Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens, has declared a Prevention Zone to help protect poultry from a strain of Avian Flu in Europe. I heard him interviewed on Radio 4’s Today programme immediately after the 7 o’clock news, and his attitude was calm and relaxed, although he was emphatic about concerns for the UK poultry […]

Looking After the Chicken Coop in Winter

Looking After the Chicken Coop in Winter

  Firstly a warning. Shabby chic and chickens coops do not go, says Terry Beebe. So don’t be tempted to think that decaying collection of timber that once was a poultry ark and is now a green, rotting mass of wood is in anyway suitable for housing livestock. It’s not and should be taken to […]

By December 1, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Are Rare Breeds Profitable

Are Rare Breeds Profitable

Benjamin Crosby  of britannicararebreeds.co.uk considers the prospect of making a living from keeping rare breeds, and looks at alternative ways of doing so where profit may prove elusive Making a living from traditional and rare breeds is a dream that many try to realise. Although a few succeed where circumstances are favourable, most will find […]

By November 24, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
NSA Event for Next Generation of Sheep Farmers

NSA Event for Next Generation of Sheep Farmers

It’s often said that one of the real problems facing the UK agricultural sector is the average age of farmers today, and the sector does acknowledge that there is a need to bring in more new blood. Consequently, young people with a passion for the sheep sector are being invited to an open event next […]

New Welsh Pollinator Initiative

New Welsh Pollinator Initiative

A bee-friendly scheme was launched by the Welsh government and Friends of the Earth Cymru at a Wales Biodiversity Partnership conference. Intended to encourage communities to organise in order to help pollinators, the scheme is described as a ‘world first’, providing pollinator-friendly food sources, places for pollinators to live, committing to avoid pesticides that harm […]

By September 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
It’s Milk, but not as we Know it, Jim

It’s Milk, but not as we Know it, Jim

  Perfect Day, a Silicon Valley company, is looking to create milk products in a lab by synthesising milk from yeast. They aim to launch their ‘dairy’ products in late 2017, which they claim are safer, more nutritious and greener than the proper stuff, requiring 98 per cent less water, over 60 per cent less […]

By September 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

The Kitchen Garden

Caring for Poinsettias

Caring for Poinsettias

These glorious, loud plants line up in the shops at this time of year like a veritable red Christmas army. This plant has come come to be as much a part of Christmas ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, Morecombe and Wise, Turkey Sandwiches and decking them halls. It’s the largest potted flower crop grown in the […]

By December 7, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Planting a Fruit Garden

Planting a Fruit Garden

The dormant season, which takes place during autumn and winter, is the best time to plant a fruit garden, writes Mark Abbott-Compton When it comes to growing fruit we need to consider a much more long-term strategy than for vegetables and flowers. The fastest that fruit will be in and out of our garden, in […]

By November 24, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make Compost Quickly

How to Make Compost Quickly

Keen grower, Mick Poultney, describes his tried-and-tested technique for producing nutritious and natural compost in just three weeks Compost is essential for the self-sufficient gardener because it’s a recycling of waste products and a free resource which can boost your crops, so it’s worth taking time to get it right. As a result of trial […]

By November 10, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Saving Farm Terrace Allotments

Saving Farm Terrace Allotments

The National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners (NSALG) believes supporting the Farm Terrace Allotments Campaign Group now could mean not having to fight to save your own site in the future. Although all the policy criteria for allotment disposal were not met with regard to Farm Terrace Allotments, the council claimed, and the Secretary […]

By September 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
New Welsh Pollinator Initiative

New Welsh Pollinator Initiative

A bee-friendly scheme was launched by the Welsh government and Friends of the Earth Cymru at a Wales Biodiversity Partnership conference. Intended to encourage communities to organise in order to help pollinators, the scheme is described as a ‘world first’, providing pollinator-friendly food sources, places for pollinators to live, committing to avoid pesticides that harm […]

By September 28, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How to Save Seeds

How to Save Seeds

Tim Wootton guides the novice seed-saver through which seed to begin with, which simply will not work, and where the pitfalls might lie. Saving the seeds from this year’s crop for next year is a fundamental part of the growing cycle. The separation between the grower and the seed producer only really got underway in […]

By September 8, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

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