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Archive for May, 2014

GMO Myths and Truths

GMO Myths and Truths

A report in June 2012 by expert scientists set out to look beyond the opposing positions of both sides of the GM debate. Its findings questioned the promised benefits of GM, citing increased pesticide use, pest resistance and uncertainty about improvements in yield, and challenged any notions that GM would help to feed the world’s […]

Identifying Poultry Diseases and Ailments

Identifying Poultry Diseases and Ailments

The health of your birds is very important, and much can be learnt from just checking around the pen and coop for the appearance of your chickens’ droppings. Article by Terry Beebe Checking on chicken poo may seem distasteful, but there are certain problems with poultry that can immediately be recognised just by looking at […]

How to make Leaf Mould

How to make Leaf Mould

Jayne Neville looks at how to make leaf mould out of the fallen autumn leaves  – it’s pleasant, dark brown, crumbly, useful stuff. It is a good soil improver, lawn conditioner and mulch, and you can use it in seed and potting mixes too. See also: Composting with Worms Starting a Wormery Building and Using […]

Making a Wild Life Garden

Making a Wild Life Garden

A TEAPOT-BEEPOT With a built-in entrance tunnel and a comfy chamber, a buried teapot makes a wonderfully insulated and weatherproof nest. Ensure that your pot has no strainer built into the base of the spout. Place a handful of dry twigs in the bottom of the pot and top with a handful of bedding material. […]

Creating Hideaways for Bees in the Garden

Creating Hideaways for Bees in the Garden

In early spring a young queen emerges from the tussock of grass or moss where she has spent the winter and goes in search of a nest. The type of nest she looks for will depend on which of the twenty-four British bumblebee species she is. Some nest underground in old mouse nests and other […]

Creating Hideaways for Lacewings

Creating Hideaways for Lacewings

As both adults and larvae, lacewings are ferocious hunters, feeding on aphids, mites, thrips, and even small caterpillars. They can go through three or four complete life cycles in one season, and an adult female can lay twenty eggs per day for her thirty-day lifespan. Each of the larvae that hatch from those eggs can […]

Mango and Almond Kulfi

Mango and Almond Kulfi

Our thanks to reader Pat Joy for sending this recipe for making Mango and Almond Kulfi INGREDIENTS 425g can of mango purée 2 tbsp caster sugar 2 tbsp ground almonds 3 tbsp crème fraiche 250ml (9 fl oz) milk METHOD 1              Heat the milk slowly together with the caster sugar for about 10 minutes. 2              […]

Making Custard Ice Cream Recipe

Making Custard Ice Cream Recipe

Our thanks to reader Pat Joy for sending in her recipe for making custard ice cream. It can form the basis for a whole range of flavours depending on what you have available, or what you fancy at the time. Custard Ice Cream Recipe Ingredients ½ litre (1 pint) milk 100g (4 oz) caster sugar […]

White Crusty Bread Rolls Recipe

White Crusty Bread Rolls Recipe

If you like white fluffy rolls encased in a crusty crust, then this recipe is just perfect. We make up a batch at a time and make rolls, subs and the odd bloomer. Although it takes some kneading, the finished result is well worth the effort – the only extra effort is a requirement to […]

Guide to Making A Bread Sculpture

Guide to Making A Bread Sculpture

This isn’t going to win any craft baker awards but this was my first ever attempt to make a bread sculpture in the shape of a bunch of grapes. To make I used the White Crusty Bread Roll Recipe in Home Farmer and made 28 balls of dough, roughly the same size. I drew out […]

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