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Archive for June, 2016

Rose-hip Soup

Rose-hip Soup

In the same way that many of us in the 1960s were required to take our daily dose of rose-hip syrup, Swedish children were encouraged to eat a bowl of this tasty soup at the weekend. A nation of foragers, Swedes often use ingredients – even in packaged versions of familiar products – which are […]

How to Make a Straw Bale Bed

How to Make a Straw Bale Bed

Mark Abbott-Compton has been using bales of straw or hay for a number of years, either to grow crops or as the framework for some quick-to-construct and cost-efficient raised beds. Here he combines bale beds with the technique of creating a layered no-dig bed. no-dig techniques to both extend his plot and use up non-productive […]

How to Make a Wicking Bed

How to Make a Wicking Bed

Dave Hamilton, author of Grow Your Own Food For Free, shows how to make a Wicking container, the ideal, permaculture solution to irrigate your container plants, for next to nothing. Container gardening is a very thirsty way of growing, and lack of water is especially a problem for those growing most of their produce in […]

Nettle Beer

Nettle Beer

Dave Hamilton, author of Grow your Own Food for Free shares one of his favourite recipes for making nettle beer. It’s cheap to make and follows a traditionally English recipe. Before hops were widely used in the 17th century all sorts of plants were used to flavor the ale including nettles (Urtica dioica). It was […]

How to Grow Lavender

How to Grow Lavender

Ruth Tott interviews Julia Snowball, head gardener at Yorkshire Lavender, to discover why her success rate at growing lavender has been dismal. I look in envy at those perfectly sculpted, round ‘molehill’ type mounds of lavender bushes which people have lovingly cultivated, trimmed and plucked into shape, then look down at my own spiky, woody […]

Lavender Scones

Lavender Scones

Cooking with lavender has a fined history in the UK with lots of uses, both sweet and savory. Lavender is reputed to be one of Colonel Saunder’s herbs in his KFC mix. I first tasted these delicious scones when I visited the wonderful Yorkshire Lavender – they were served up with blueberry and lavender jam […]

How to Make a Willow Plant Protector

How to Make a Willow Plant Protector

Willow remains a popular choice for making plant supports and with reason. It weathers well, is strong and rustic looking and is often used to make other garden and agricultural structures such as our practical ‘how-to’ posts on making wattles and wigwams. Jayne Neville’s willow plant protector is attractive, practical and portable. It is also […]

Feedback – Brawn Recipe

Feedback – Brawn Recipe

Hello, I don’t know if it was you that I spoke to yesterday at the Three Counties Show, but I was talking to the lady about the recipes in the magazine and she said you would appreciate feedback, so here it is… In one of your recent issues you had a recipe for brawn (June […]

Feed Back – Vegetarian Sausages

Feed Back – Vegetarian Sausages

I was surprised and very disappointed to see Seren Evans-Charrington’s article on vegetarian sausages (Issue 99, June 2016) had taken on board the media hysteria about the level of consumption of sausages increasing a person’s chances of colorectal cancer – without examining the actual facts. The sausages this alludes to are not the British banger, […]

Feedback – Grey Squirrel

Feedback – Grey Squirrel

Hope all well; and thanks for the ever interesting and useful magazine! Just a comment on the Red v Grey article in this month’s issue (Issue 100, July 2016) I felt that the emphasis on bird feeders, etc, missed the most devastating effects of high grey squirrel populations.  This is the stripping of bark from […]

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