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Author Archive: Ruth Tott

Ruth Tott is the publisher of Home Farmer Magazine, and together with her husband, Paul Melnyczuk, Editor,is founder of the company. But her background is far removed having specialised in Costume History with a Post-Grad diploma in Museum Studies to boot. A far cry from looking after chickens, growing veg and making bread!

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Blog for Home Farmer

Blog for Home Farmer

  Do you blog about your kitchen garden? Are you constantly blogging about your recipes and just can’t help sharing on Instagram? Do you twitter about day-to-day happenings on your smallholding? If you want to share with Home Farmer readers why not become a guest blogger with links back to your blog. We can even […]

Setting up and Looking After Raised Beds

Setting up and Looking After Raised Beds

Mark Abbott-Compton guides us through setting up and preparing the ideal growing environment for your veg. One of the commonest things I am asked is, “How do I increase the amount of vegetables harvested from the garden?” Well, over the years, gardens have become smaller and smaller, and many people no longer want to devote […]

Courgette Booster Bars

Courgette Booster Bars

LizzieB has come up with another ingenious way of working through the courgette glut with this tasty bars. The ingredients below make about 12 bars. INGREDIENTS 30ml (1 fl oz) oil 4 tbsp honey (or syrup) 3 tbsp peanut butter 150g (5¼oz) porridge oats 110g (4oz) courgette, peeled and grated 55g (2oz) apple, peeled and […]

Rhubarb Wine

Rhubarb Wine

Sylvia Kent shares one of her favourite county wines: INGREDIENTS 2kg pink rhubarb stalks                                                  250g sultanas, chopped 250g bananas, peeled 1kg granulated sugar 3.5 litres cooled boiled water 5g pectic enzyme Campden tablets 5g all-purpose wine yeast 5g yeast nutrient METHOD 1           Make up a starter bottle to activate the yeast.   PRE-ACTIVATING THE YEAST […]

How to Make Pimms Ice Lollies

How to Make Pimms Ice Lollies

Is it Pimm’s time yet? Contributor LizzieB’s Pimm’s ice lollies are a real treat for a summer party – not only do they taste great, they also look fabulous. These lollies are made with more traditional ingredients, including cucumber, strawberries and mint, but there is nothing to stop you adding whatever fruit you like. Simply […]

How to make Cider Vinegar

How to make Cider Vinegar

There are always some free apples for the taking in autumn, writes Elizabeth McCorquodale, whether from wildings, community orchards, or through social media sites like Freecycle, and making up a batch of apple cider vinegar is a cheap way of acidifying soil or making your own spot weedkiller. You can of course use it for […]

Zen and the Art of Pricking Out

Zen and the Art of Pricking Out

For Elizabeth Arter pricking out seedlings is one of the real joys of gardening not a tedious task that seems to drag and drag. Instead make it a time for calm, made calmer by doing a bit of planning and using a bit of common sense. Each season I extend the range of kitchen garden […]

By April 27, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
How to Grow Citrus Fruits in Pots

How to Grow Citrus Fruits in Pots

  If you follow some basic rules, growing citrus fruits in containers can be productive, ornamental and aromatic, writes Mark Abbott-Compton One of the great things about growing citrus fruits is that you get both the fruit and flowers on the plant at the same time, and they will flower right through from spring to […]

By March 28, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Caramel-swirl Ice Cream

Caramel-swirl Ice Cream

This concoction is supremely indulgent and definitely not for those watching their waistlines says Elizabeth MacCorquodale. It is the best caramel ice cream I have ever tasted. The trick to achieving the depth of flavour is to use brown sugar rather than white – the darker you go, the deeper the flavour.  INGREDIENTS FOR THE […]

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Make Your Own Seed Tapes

Make Your Own Seed Tapes

Here’s a quicky garden hack which makes a practical alternative or a great gift. Seed mats and seed tapes seem to be a popular feature in gardening catalogues but using basic kitchen items and seeds you can easily make your own. Using seed mats and tapes helps you to place your seeds exactly where you […]

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