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How to Build a Dehydrator

How to Build a Dehydrator

                                       Making the most of an abundant harvest is the name of the game for all home farmers, and this month reader, Chris Southall (ecodiy.org) shows us how to do it in style with a ‘powered’ solar dehydrator In addition to bottling and jamming, we are also preserving more and more fruit by drying here […]

By October 12, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Pallet Hack

Pallet Hack

Thanks to reader, C. Roberts, who emailed me this info on pallet deconstruction. A useful skill if you are planning to make use of the wood for projects such as our chair. Or seek out further inspiration from ideas on our Pinterest board dedicated to all thinks pallety. The different uses to which pallets can […]

By March 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make a Fancy Planter

How to Make a Fancy Planter

John Butterworth makes an attractive planter – a bit fiddly (his own words) but well worth the effort. Plus it will last a few seasons due to using good quality wood and preservative. Here’s a little project that will cost very little in materials, and it’s ideal for those long, winter days, but I have […]

By February 2, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make a Cheap Cheesepress

How to Make a Cheap Cheesepress

  This plan goes back to when we made Stilton, Lancashire and Brie cheeses last year. We have always wanted to do hard cheeses, too, which require specific weights, and therefore something a little more formal than a cheese on a tray with a chopping board on top, weighted down with a large carton of […]

By November 10, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
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 […]

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 Whittle Your Own Garden Dibber

How to Whittle Your Own Garden Dibber

Peter Benson, whittling enthusiast and author of The Whittling Handbook due to be published April 2016, shares his simple instructions for how to whittle your own useful dibber – a great first time project for anyone wanting to have a go. See also: how-to-make-a-walking-stick how-to-whittle-a-spoon how-to-whittle-a-bread-spreading-knife   This is one of those implements that you […]

How to make a Chicken Coop

How to make a Chicken Coop

Terry Beebe engages in a little DIY to create a useful multi-purpose coop to house a couple of birds, provide a backup for a broody with chicks, or even an introduction or isolation pen for new or poorly birds See also: chicken-housing how-much-does-it-cost-to-keep-chickens   Whether you are starting with chickens or just increasing your flock, […]

By February 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make a Three-Tier Planter

How to Make a Three-Tier Planter

Stephen Chilcott shares with Home Farmer his plans for making a three-tier planter. An ideal solution when space is short. See Also: How to Make a Chair out of a Pallet DIY Liquid Compost on Tap Invention   Planters filled with loose, friable earth, packed with nutritious compost should mean that roots plunge downwards and […]

By February 11, 2016 5 Comments Read More →
How to Make a Walking Stick

How to Make a Walking Stick

John Butterworth provides a step-by-step guide to making a stick, using knowledge garnered from some craftsmen. See Also: How to Whittle a Spoon Making a Chair out of a Pallet I talked to a couple of stickmakers to get a few trade secrets, and had a go at making one myself, albeit a pale shadow […]

By January 22, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

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