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Archive for May, 2015

The Search Is on for the Nation’s Top ‘Meadow Makers’

The Search Is on for the Nation’s Top ‘Meadow Makers’

Meadows and grasslands rich in wildflowers such as oxeye daisies, buttercups and myriad orchids have declined disastrously since the 1930s ‒ in fact we have lost 97% (or nearly 7.5 million acres), and more are being lost each year through neglect, conversion to other land use or development. Farmers and landowners are crucial in protecting […]

New Clothing Range for Smallholders and Home Farmers

New Clothing Range for Smallholders and Home Farmers

Home Farmer subscribers Richard and Victoria Hardman, owners of Ramble House Clothing, have spotted a gap in the market – one that broadcasts to the world that they’re ‘Good Lifers’ and proud of it. Young farmers and equestrian devotees have been able to get slogan-emblazoned T-shirts and hoodies for years, but there hasn’t been anything […]

Muesli Bread

Muesli Bread

This recipe for muesli bread was inspired by a loaf I came across in Betty’s of Harrogate. From that day on, perfecting the recipe became my holy grail, and today there is rarely an occasion when a loaf is not in use. The loaf rarely looks quite as perfect as the original I sampled that […]

How to Sharpen Garden Tools

How to Sharpen Garden Tools

Professional gardener Mike Clark shows how to sharpen garden tools. Gardeners all have tools. They are essential, and they all need attention from time to time. Whether you have a few pots on the patio, a small back garden, an allotment, or an acre, you cannot produce veg without a few tools. And tools must […]

Natural Beekeeping and Sunhives

Natural Beekeeping and Sunhives

The Natural Beekeeping Trust was set up in 2009 to promote a non-interventional method of husbandry to counteract recent, often man-made, disasters which have decimated bee populations around the world. They advocate the use of natural beekeeping with sunhives – a hive evolved through the study of the natural needs of the bees, not the […]

Why Chickens Stop Laying Eggs

Why Chickens Stop Laying Eggs

Janice Houghton-Wallace looks at why chickens stop laying eggs. It seems natural enough, doesn’t it – chickens lay eggs; and why would they not? Well, we have to remember that chickens are living creatures, and therefore, even though man has developed commercial hybrids that are little egg machines, not every feathered girl is going to […]

How to Make Brandy Snaps

How to Make Brandy Snaps

How to Make Ice Cream Cones

How to Make Ice Cream Cones

She makes it look so easy!

How to Make Cottage Cheese

How to Make Cottage Cheese

Mike Rutland explains how to make cottage cheese – the best cheese to start with, as you don’t need any equipment that you wouldn’t find lurking in a typical domestic kitchen. See also See also: How to Make Marscarpone Cheese How to Make Roule Cheese How to Make cream cheese Home made Paneer INGREDIENTS 2.3 […]

The Secret Life of Chickens

The Secret Life of Chickens

Janice Houghton-Wallace looks at the secret life of chickens, specifically the pecking order and explores how their unique society operates. Give chickens appropriate housing, adequate feed, water and protection from predators, and they will seemingly thrive. However, if you look a little closer there are different social reactions going on and it can be easily […]

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