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Archive for February, 2014

Denmark has banned the Halal and Kosher slaughter of livestock

Denmark has banned the Halal and Kosher slaughter of livestock

After many years of campaigning by animal welfare organisations, Denmark has banned the Halal and Kosher slaughter of livestock. The EU requires that animals are stunned prior to the point of killing (the actual focus of the new law), whereas both religious methods of slaughter require an animal to be conscious. There has always been […]

By February 25, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Resurgence of Butterfly Numbers

Resurgence of Butterfly Numbers

Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey – Idenifying Butterfly Numbers After many exceptionally rainy years, 2013’s improved summer weather helped bring about a resurgence of butterfly numbers, according to the Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey, with farmland species such as the Brimstone, Common Blue, Small Copper, Small Skipper, Large Skipper and Small Tortoiseshell faring well. One of the […]

By February 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Congratulations to Lewis and Harris

Congratulations to Lewis and Harris

Congratulations to Lewis and Harris, recently voted the best island in Europe by travellers in a survey conducted by TripAdvisor, beating many Mediterranean islands to win the accolade. The Orkney Islands came fourth and Mull ninth, with six of the top ten UK islands sited in Scotland. Lewis and Harris also beat rivals in Thailand, […]

By February 25, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Sales of Heritage Tomato Seeds Soar

Sales of Heritage Tomato Seeds Soar

Home Farmer is delighted that sales of heritage tomato seeds are up by 40% according to The Organic Gardening Catalogue. Some of the most popular tomato varieties driving the demand include the “Harbinger” (introduced in 1910), “Golden Sunrise (1896)” and “Ailsa Craig (1925) ” in an ever-expanding range of over fifty colours, shapes and sizes. […]

By February 19, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
How to Remove Stains

How to Remove Stains

There are lots of natural ways to remove stains from your laundry. As a matter of fact there are probably as many ways as there are stains. Here are a couple of products most of us will already have in our cupboards, which will remove the majority of stains. Vinegar is not only useful as […]

By February 19, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Make Your Own Dishwasher Powder

Make Your Own Dishwasher Powder

If you use a dishwasher, then you will probably use a dishwasher cleaner to remove greasy build-ups. To do this without the use of chemicals, add vinegar to your dishwasher powder container and then run the dishwasher whilst empty. Dishwasher powder is expensive and again full of chemicals and phosphates. It is possible to replace […]

By February 19, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Make your own Washing up liquid

Make your own Washing up liquid

For general, everyday washing-up it is very easy to make your own home-made washing-up liquid, and here it is: INGREDIENTS 4 tbsp soap flakes 4 tbsp glycerine 200ml (7 fl oz) hot water 1 tsp lemon juice METHOD 1              Mix the soap flakes and the water until fully dissolved. 2              Add the remaining ingredients and […]

By February 19, 2014 6 Comments Read More →
Building a Wooden Storage Shed

Building a Wooden Storage Shed

If your local authority is anything like ours you’ll have a multitude of boxes and bags for recycling; all very commendable, but don’t they litter the place up? We have four at the moment, for plastics, paper, food waste, and lastly, one for cans and bottles, which for some mysterious reason best known to the […]

How to Grow the tallest Sunflower in the World

How to Grow the tallest Sunflower in the World

Kevin Fortey from Giantveg.co.uk  shares some of his tips on how to grow the tallest sunflower in the world. 1. PREPARE YOUR SOIL AND PICK YOUR SITE Prepare you soil by digging an area of about 60–90cm (2–3ft) in circumference to a depth of about 60cm (2ft). Sunflowers are heavy feeders and deplete the soil […]

By February 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Make a Homemade Smoker

Make a Homemade Smoker

Build a Homemade Smoker in the comfort of your own home Reader Andrew Lake shares his plans for how to make a home made smoker out of a filing cabinet. The top picture is of my home made smoker, carefully camouflaged in the shed. The reason for showing this is that you will need to […]

By February 11, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

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