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Archive for May, 2016

Nasturtium Leaf Pesto

Nasturtium Leaf Pesto

Nasturtiums are often over looked as a food source but in a bad year on an allotment they can really come into their own.  The flowers and leaves can be used in salads, the buds can be blanched then pickled in vinegar for use as capers, and as Dave Hamilton, author of Grow Your Food […]

How to Recycle Grow Bag Compost

How to Recycle Grow Bag Compost

Dave Hamilton, author of Grow Your Food For Free (Well Almost) shares his tips on reusing spent compost from containers and Growbags. See Also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/organic-soil-improvement/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/home-made-fertiliser-recipes/   Container growers know all too well that at the end of the season, once everything is harvested, they can be left with piles of spent compost. This can […]

A Sample Copy Especially For You

A Sample Copy Especially For You

Home Farmer is a joyous, information-packed magazine that celebrates the home-grown and home-made lifestyle, covering everything you need to know to grow your own vegetables and keep poultry in the back garden, together with plenty of tasty recipes for using up your produce and making the most of seasonal food. And, if that’s not enough, […]

Flight of the Swans

Flight of the Swans

Between 1995 and 2010, the number of Bewick’s swans making the annual migration from Arctic Russia to Northern Europe plummeted by more than a third – from 29,000 to just 18,000. Climate change, loss of habitat (including wetlands), illegal hunting, the presence of power pylons and wind turbines all present life-threatening risks to migratory swans, […]

Home Made Fertiliser Recipes

Home Made Fertiliser Recipes

Feed your soil and the soil will feed your plants, and if that feeding can be done almost for free and naturally, then all the better, says Elizabeth McCorquodale See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-have-liquid-compost-on-tap/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/organic-soil-improvement/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/making-your-own-liquid-fertiliser/   Look around any home or garden and you will find a host of raw materials that are perfect for being […]

Pigs in the Cottage Economy

Pigs in the Cottage Economy

As part of her series on William Cobbett’s Cottage Economy, Dot Tyne, co-author of Viable Self-Sufficiency, looks at Cobbett’s view of the pig as a source of bacon for the self-supporter, and considers his advice in the light of 21st-century tastes and technology. See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/cottage-economy-says-making-bread/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/relevance-cottage-economy-today/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-make-bacon-at-home/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-make-sausages/   Pigs can be kept in […]

How to Build a Cane Wigwam

How to Build a Cane Wigwam

HF contributor Mark Abbott-Compton creates a sturdy wigwam to support peas, beans and squash. See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-grow-beans/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/grow-vegetables-small-space/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-make-your-own-hotbed/   One of the best ways to increase the amount of growing space we have in the garden is to use wigwams or frames to create a vertical growing space. These wigwams can be used for […]

Apple Pie Cake

Apple Pie Cake

Caitriona Wallace shares her recipe for Apple Pie Cake See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/lemon-crumble-tray-bake/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/lemon-curd-bread-and-butter-pudding/   As soon as the season’s apples are ready to cook with I’m baking apple tarts and crumbles. They are such a freezer-friendly dessert to have on standby in case of visitors, or for a rib-sticking pudding when you need warming up […]

How to Grow Vegetables in a Small Space

How to Grow Vegetables in a Small Space

Elizabeth McCorquodale considers the techniques used to maximise veg production during the war years and asks how we can learn from the techniques See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/your-guide-to-green-manures/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/mock-orange-marmalade/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-make-your-own-hotbed/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/vegetarian-pie-recipe/   Nobody starved in Britain during the First World War due to lack of supplies, and this was largely down to the government encouraging the gardeners […]

Auto-sexing

Auto-sexing

Terry Beebe looks at how you tell the sex of a chick and explores the curious and slightly confusing world of auto-sexing and sex-linked birds, and looks at a familiar bird with this useful characteristic – the Cream Legbar. See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/common-poultry-problems/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-make-a-chicken-coop/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/know-your-hybrid-chickens/   The term ‘auto-sexing’ describes when pure-bred, day-old chicks can be […]

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