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Archive for April, 2015

Allotments Key to Sustainable Farming

Allotments Key to Sustainable Farming

Coinciding with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s designation of 2015 as International Year of Soils, and providing strong support for the Save our Allotments movement, there is now clear evidence that the soil under Britain’s allotments is significantly healthier than that on any intensive farm. Research from The University of Sheffield demonstrates that an […]

Easy to Make Liquid Hand Soap

Easy to Make Liquid Hand Soap

This easy to make liquid hand soap takes under 10 minutes to make and is a great way of using up those scraps of soap you don’t want to throw away but they are just too little to use. Choose your scraps wisely though – a little bit of colour combination is required – otherwise […]

By April 27, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
2015 International Year of Soils

2015 International Year of Soils

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has declared 2015 International Year of Soils, but I’ll confess I wasn’t aware of it, so don’t feel too bad if you weren’t. The purpose is to grow awareness and understanding of the profound importance of soil for human life. Around 95 per cent of all our food comes […]

Save our Allotments

Save our Allotments

Have you noticed what is happening to allotments around the country? A new group, Save Our Allotments, are putting together a ‘fighting pack’ and valuable information on how to put up a successful challenge based on their recent win to save their own. We are allotment holders at Farm Terrace Allotments in Watford and you […]

By April 23, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Wild Garlic and Feta Scones

Wild Garlic and Feta Scones

Fantastic served with soup (wild garlic or otherwise) these savoury wild garlic and feta scones are a dead-cinch to make and quick too. If you haven’t got feta substitute blue cheese, chedder and if you haven’t got wild garlic substitute another herb. Ingredients (makes 10 average sized scones) 225g plain flour 30g butter (room temperature) […]

By April 22, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Easy Breads to Make

Easy Breads to Make

These 5 recipes for easy breads to make are ideal for anyone new to baking bread. NO KNEAD EASY HERB BREAD Flavoured with onion and herbs this light savoury loaf does a remarkably good job at soaking up the gravy from stews. Ingredients 275g strong white flour 1 sachet easy blend yeast ¼ tsp caster […]

By April 20, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Lardy Cake Recipe

Lardy Cake Recipe

Lardy cake, described by chef Nigel Slater as “comforting as hugging a well-padded aunt,” is also known as dripping cake, Lardy Johns or even dough cake. The Fabulous Baker Boys give it a far more attractive title – Edible Alchemy. Peter Underwood investigates and makes…Lardy Cake. You may also like our recipe for Lemon Curd […]

By April 14, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Dandelion Wine

Dandelion Wine

Wine-making enthusiast and writer of the popular wine making blog; Ben’s Adventures in Wine Making, Ben Hardy takes advantage of the spring dandelion harvest to make a dandelion wine whose taste can (and sometimes does) match the very finest Sauternes T. S. Eliot tells us that April is the cruellest month. However, I believe Chaucer […]

By April 14, 2015 4 Comments Read More →
RHS to invest in GB Grown Talent

RHS to invest in GB Grown Talent

RHS to invest over £7 million in home grown horticultural talent to support British Horticulture by 2025 • Survey in 2013 found more than 70% of horticultural businesses cannot fill skilled vacancies, nearly 20% are forced to recruit overseas and almost 70% say career entrants are inadequately prepared for work.* • As part of the […]

Home Farmer starring in BBC Production

Home Farmer starring in BBC Production

A really big thank you to the eagle-eyed HF reader who contacted us on Monday, excited that they had spotted a copy of Home Farmer starring in a BBC production – an adaption of Poldark screened recently, which can probably still be viewed on the BBC iplayer. We can’t claim credit – and nor can […]

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