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Archive for January, 2015

Hand raising pork pies

Hand raising pork pies

hand raising pork pies     Fantastic ‘vintage’ footage from Eliza Rose in A.E. Rose’s pork pie factory in Burnley hand raising a pork pie probably around 1958. This woman rocks!

By January 30, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Keep Fit in the Garden

Keep Fit in the Garden

Gardeners Follow in the Footsteps of Top Cricketers and Dancers in Unique Study Royal Horticultural Society Launches Research into the Impact of Gardening Tasks and Tools on Physical Health The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Coventry University have launched a joint study to look at the effects gardening tools, combined with different gardening tasks, have […]

By January 30, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Was Henry VIII a Keen Gardener?

Was Henry VIII a Keen Gardener?

A 700 year old gardening book is thought to reveal a different side to much maligned monarch, Henry VIII. The book, Ruralia Commoda, was given to Henry in 1543, the year he married the last of his six wives, Catherine Parr, and just two years before the completion of the Royal Gardens at Whitehall Palace. […]

How to make crumpets

How to make crumpets

Everybody has a childhood memory associated with food. For me it’s English Crumpets (opposed to Scottish or Welsh variations) on a Saturday afternoon watching wrestling…no, I don’t know either. It’s just something that the whole family used to sit down and watch. Crumpets, melting butter, syrup and Giant Haystacks. What a combo! And eating one […]

By January 29, 2015 4 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 →
How to Make Your Own Crunchie Bars

How to Make Your Own Crunchie Bars

Very clear video on how to make your own Crunchie Bars – and it’s not even Friday!

By January 28, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Fracking in Lancashire

Fracking in Lancashire

An important vote will shortly be taking place in Lancashire on the future of fracking in Lancashire. A decision will also be taken in the House of Commons as to whether or not to change the trespass laws to enable dirty energy companies to frack beneath our homes, gardens, allotments, smallholdings and farms. Lancashire planners […]

How to make Bounty Bars

How to make Bounty Bars

I’ve lined out below how to make ‘Bounty’ bars. It turns out it’s a bit of a doddle. But don’t eat immediately. Leave a couple of days before you dig in otherwise they really are too sweet. There are certain childhood sweets that we never grow out of – Milkybars do it for me (I […]

By January 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Dandelion Recipes

Dandelion Recipes

A plant that has the word ‘officinale’ as part of its botanical name implies a credible medicinal history, and this is certainly the case with the humble dandelion. A plant often seen as a nuisance by the lawn manicured gardener or a source of free food by others. Try some of the dandelion recipes below […]

By January 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Organic Soil Improvement

Organic Soil Improvement

Mike Hedges of Chase Organics, producers of The Organic Gardening Catalogue   talks about organic soil improvement and answers common questions on soil improvement. I have never been a ‘non-organic’ gardener, but have encountered quite a few over the years, clinging onto a chemical ‘security blankets’ and the idea that the soil is just something that […]

By January 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

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