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Archive for July, 2015

Chicken Behaviour

Chicken Behaviour

  Poultry expert Janice Houghton-Wallace looks at chicken behaviour and how understanding it can lead to better welfare See also: Why Chickens Lay Coloured Eggs Why Chickens Stop Laying The Secret Life of Chickens   Chickens scratch, peck, suddenly stand stock still and shriek out loudly, they dustbathe and like routine. Keeping chickens and other […]

What Equipment does a New Beekeeper Need?

What Equipment does a New Beekeeper Need?

Starting a new hobby can be challenging and daunting at the best of times! Compound that with a glossy brochure and extensive website, full of exciting new equipment, toys and accessories – well where do you start? Beekeeping is absolutely no different. You can enjoy this hobby spending an absolute minimum, or buy gadgets and […]

Rhubarb Flapjacks with Chocolate Drizzle

Rhubarb Flapjacks with Chocolate Drizzle

Elizabeth McCorquodale’s recipe for Rhubarb Flapjacks with Chocolate Drizzle is an ideal way to use up excess rhubarb. Elizabeth’s big fat tip: Stewed rhubarb is drab in colour, so add a small, peeled beetroot to it as it cooks to impart a rosy hue. See also: Rhubarb and Custard Ice Cream Nutty Orange Flapjacks   […]

How Much Land for Self-sufficient Living?

How Much Land for Self-sufficient Living?

Dot Tyne assesses how, with hard work and planning, a smaller holding might just achieve self-sufficiency in terms of food for the family and looks at how much land you need to be self-sufficient and how to plan it out. See also: The Self-sufficient Garden   Firstly let’s ask the question: what actually constitutes a […]

The Self-sufficient Garden

The Self-sufficient Garden

Dot Tyne plans her self-sufficient garden based on her own plot at Ty’n y Mynydd and gives us a good few valuable tips in the process. See also: How Much Land do you Need to be Self-sufficient   Although it is perfectly reasonable in our temperate climate to expect to be able to gather crops […]

Neonicotinoid effects on bees – Neonicotinoid Ban Suspended

Neonicotinoid effects on bees – Neonicotinoid Ban Suspended

Neonicotinoid Ban Suspended – Neonicotinoid effects on bees. See also: Mass Poisoning of Wild Bees Neonicotinoids are harming birds as well as bees   A decision by the UK government to suspend the ban on neonicotinoid pesticides has been described as scandalous, given the overwhelming scientific evidence of the damage they do over recent years, and […]

Keeping Sheep – 2 – The Shepherd’s Calendar

Keeping Sheep – 2 – The Shepherd’s Calendar

  In the second part of her series on keeping sheep, Dot Tyne explains the importance of the shepherd’s calendar and covers the breeding process, shearing, and offers advice on health planning See also: Keeping Sheep – part 1 – An Introduction Keeping Sheep – part 3 – Meat, Fleece and Milk   Having made […]

Keeping Sheep – Part 3 – Meat, Fleece, Milk

Keeping Sheep – Part 3 – Meat, Fleece, Milk

In part three on her series on keeping sheep Dot Tyne looks at the real value of keeping sheep to the self-sufficient smallholder – the meat, the fleece and the milk See Also: Keeping Sheep 1 Keeping Sheep 2 The Shepherd’s Calendar   MEAT For those aiming for self-sufficiency the primary product of any sheep […]

Keeping Sheep – Part One

Keeping Sheep – Part One

Dot Tyne begins a three-part series on keeping sheep. This article discusses the all-important preparation required and the importance of making the right choices. See also: Keeping Sheep -Part 2 – The Shepherd’s Calendar Keeping Sheep – Part 3 – Meat, Fleece and Milk   Man has a long and happy association with sheep that […]

Why Shop Local?

Why Shop Local?

Joining the growing shop local movement Mike Rutland throws down the gauntlet and urges everyone to take part in the £5 challenge and spend part of your weekly budget in a local shop and see what can happen. See also: Love Your Local Market Many years ago you could stand in your local high street […]

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