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Compost Recipes

Compost Recipes

  Elizabeth McCorquodale mixes up some sustainable compost recipes for all your different gardening needs Plunging a hand into a bucket of well-rotted, home-made compost or leaf-mould is always a very satisfying thing. Plunging it into a bag of proprietary, shop-bought potting mix is usually a bit of a disappointment, and that disappointment often comes […]

By January 27, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
The Secret Life of Moles

The Secret Life of Moles

      People often think about moles in seasonal terms; when spring arrives molehills start to pop up all over the fields and occasionally in gardens, causing a bit of nuisance until the end of summer, but then, come autumn, the moles seem to retreat back underground to hibernate for the winter. So, mole-catching […]

By January 27, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Can you Keep Pigs and Work

Can you Keep Pigs and Work

Michaela Giles, pig keeper and author of The Commuter Pig Keeper, shares some of her tips for getting the work–pig balance right Let’s begin with the good news ‒ keeping pigs and working full-time can be easy for anyone in a nine-to-five job that doesn’t involve a commute, and whose place of work is near […]

By January 19, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Making Wine out of Jam

Making Wine out of Jam

  Sylvia Kent creates two fruit wines using home-made jam and marmalade. Many of the nation’s winemakers – whose interests often lie more in the cosiness of a warm kitchen – have no doubt already got started in the business of creating new and imaginative variations of many favourite wines. Although in the warmer months […]

By January 19, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Yeast Free Fruit and Nut Breakfast Loaf

Yeast Free Fruit and Nut Breakfast Loaf

Elizabeth McCorquodale’s loaf is particularly delicious toasted and keeps very well in the fridge for up to a week, or you can bake up a batch and keep it, pre-sliced, in the freezer until needed. Never make this loaf if you are watching your weight… the aroma of it toasting is truly seductive and will […]

By January 19, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Double Chocolate Chip Bread and Butter Pudding

Double Chocolate Chip Bread and Butter Pudding

Lizzie B shares her experiment for double chocolate chip bread and butter pudding – one for the chocoholics. She apologies for the sugar rush this may cause, as it contains both chocolate chips and chocolate custard. She also uses brioche for the bread which gives this sumptuously sweet dessert a lovely spongy texture. Brioche is […]

By November 27, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Honey Beer

  This extract from the highly regarded book, Viable Self-Sufficiency, for honey beer is one of Tim Tyne’s tried, and very much tested, tipples. The ingredients listed below makes a gallon of beer. INGREDIENTS 1lb honey ½ oz dried hops 4oz dark brown sugar Water Brewers’ yeast Granulated sugar for priming (1 tsp per bottle) […]

By November 27, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
How to Grow the tallest Sunflower in the World

How to Grow the tallest Sunflower in the World

Kevin Fortey from Giantveg.co.uk  shares some of his tips on how to grow the tallest sunflower in the world. 1. PREPARE YOUR SOIL AND PICK YOUR SITE Prepare you soil by digging an area of about 60–90cm (2–3ft) in circumference to a depth of about 60cm (2ft). Sunflowers are heavy feeders and deplete the soil […]

By February 12, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
The importance of air quality in the coop to ensure a healthy flock

The importance of air quality in the coop to ensure a healthy flock

Ask most poultry keepers what the most important issues are with regard to their birds’ welfare, and protection, feed and water will certainly be high on the list – as they quite rightly should.

By November 5, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Making Marmalade without Seville Oranges

Making Marmalade without Seville Oranges

  Come February the Seville oranges are piled high and thoughts inevitably turn to making glorious orangey marmalade. Seville oranges, however, are certainly not the only fruit when it comes to a tangy marmalade for the breakfast table. If you don’t already do so, seek out your local market or your independent greengrocer. I have […]

By January 26, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

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