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Archive for March, 2016

The Royal Three Counties Show

The Royal Three Counties Show

The Royal Three Counties Show is always a celebration of British agriculture, British food and great family entertainment. In keeping with the event’s role as a landmark in the agricultural calendar, livestock plays a crucial role in the line-up, with national shows for many breeds, including British Simmental, British white, and Longhorn cattle, and Hebridean […]

The RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2016

The RHS Malvern Spring Festival 2016

The RHS Malvern Spring Festival brings to the fore the finest in both gardening and food, and this year’s event will be headed up by two icons of the kitchen and the garden – Mary Berry and Alan Titchmarsh. Visitors can expect stunning show gardens and nursery displays, alongside a bounty of food producers, eclectic […]

The 2016 Royal Welsh Spring Festival

The 2016 Royal Welsh Spring Festival

A celebration of smallholding and rural life, and the largest gathering of smallholders in the UK, the Royal Welsh Spring Festival takes place on 21st–22nd May. The Royal Welsh Showground has always been host to this long-running event, even in its earliest days, when it was just a couple of stands and a handful of diehard […]

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns

Diana Peacock’s recipe for Hot Cross Buns shows just how easy they are to make. This recipe makes about 12 buns. See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-make-crumpets/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/white-crusty-bread-rolls-recipe/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-make-mincemeat-chelsea-buns/ Ingredients 450g strong white flour 1 sachet fast action dried yeast 1 level teaspoon salt 220ml warm milk 100g currents 50g sultanas 25g candied peel 2 tsp mixed spice […]

By March 24, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Countrytastic 2016

Countrytastic 2016

Countrytastic returns to the Three Counties Showground on Thursday 31st March, which means lots of action-packed farmyard fun. Countryfile and Cotswold Farm Park favourite, Adam Henson, is fronting the show, with ‘tales from the bales’ in the Livestock Ring, and stories about his own farm. Children’s TV star, Tractor Ted, will also be there, inviting […]

Pear Honey

Pear Honey

Sometimes called ‘cheat’s honey’, this does come quite close to honey and is delicious on toast. See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/muesli-bread/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/honey-based-drinks/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-make-nutella/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/sticky-salted-caramel-apple-jam/   INGREDIENTS 4 cups of pears, peeled, cored and chopped ½ cup of unsweetened pineapple juice 4 cups of white sugar METHOD 1           Put the prepared pears into a large pan, pour in […]

By March 17, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
A Guide to Heated Propagation

A Guide to Heated Propagation

  Dave Hamilton, author of Grow Your Food for Free (almost)  understands the importance of planting seeds early to enjoy a long, rich harvest, and here he outlines the heat-assisted options available, including recycling your own waste heat. See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/terry-waltons-germination-tips/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-grow-peas/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-make-your-own-hotbed/   YOUR FIRST DAY OF SPRING The growing season officially starts when […]

By March 17, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Build an Insect House

Build an Insect House

Tony Lush, author of the Haynes Garden Buildings Manual, shows how to build an overwintering hibernation place for garden insects See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/creating-a-wildlife-garden/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-help-hedgehogs/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/building-and-using-a-wormery/   Many gardens are kept unnecessarily tidy and consequently provide few hibernation opportunities for insect life. Most insects benefit the garden in one way or another, so why not provide […]

By March 17, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make Perfume

How to Make Perfume

Here’s some instructions for making your own, unique, light scent. Do use brown bottles to store your perfume and invest in plastic pipettes as well as 100% vodka at 37.5% vol to use for the base and distilled water. Plus you’ll need various essential oils. See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-make-real-soap/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-make-natural-beauty-treatments/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/make-your-own-radox/   Distilled water is available […]

By March 17, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How to Darn

How to Darn

Julie Butterworth picks up needle and thread to rediscover the lost skill of darning stuff as part of our series on fixing things. See Also: knitted-slippers-pattern making-felt-the-dry-method   First, you’ll find this far easier if you invest about £3 in a ‘darning mushroom’ – available from craft stores, good old haberdashers or online – or […]

By March 17, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

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