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Christina Stapley |
Monday, 27th September 2021
I chose my present home in part because the back garden had the most wonderful screen of trees offering privacy and a sense of living in woodland. Originally a hedge, the trees had been left to grow until some were taller than the house. I was delighted to find that the mix included not only beech, hornbeam and cherry, but hazel. It was evident... more
 
Stephanie Hafferty |
Thursday, 29th July 2021
We keep a dish in the airing cupboard for odds and ends of soap scraps, ready to be melted into new bars. Saved slivers of soap1 tbsp oatmeal per cup of soap (if you don’t have oatmeal, grind some oats in a food processor) or 1 tbsp coffee grounds1 tsp ground dried herbs per cup of soap (e.g. mint, lemon verbena, rosemary)Dried flower petals to... more
 
Michael Hutchinson |
Thursday, 1st July 2021
Making a DIY wormery is easy. I found two cheap plastic basins the same size – you can use plastic crates from any DIY store or car boot sale. I first drilled holes in the bottom of one basin to allow any liquid to drain out. This can be collected in a tray and diluted 1:10 and used as liquid fertiliser. Four holes were then drilled in the sides... more
 
Cathy Ashley |
Thursday, 1st July 2021
This elderflower cordial is quick and easy to make and will preserve this gorgeous taste of early summer for months to come. You will need: 2 consecutive days with a spare half hour Clean plastic bucket (or similar) Elderflowers - up to a bucket full Preserving pan or extra large saucepan Sieve Jug 1 lemon (or other citrus) 2 or 3 jars of honey (... more
 
Michael Feldmann |
Friday, 13th November 2020
The pygmy goat is a great general-purpose goat for small farms; a pygmy goat is a small, friendly goat that can be a great pet, and only a few of them are needed for a constant supply of fresh milk to the table. Despite their small size pygmies can give 1-2 quarts of milk per day. Their milk is of exceptional quality and value. Their milk has a... more
 
Chris Lesley |
Monday, 21st September 2020
Before welcoming a furry friend into your home, you must first decide what breed will be the best fit for your lifestyle. Avid joggers pair well with high-energy runners like Weimaraners, for example, whereas those who prefer to lounge on the couch might be more suited to a bulldog.  But what about if you live on a farm? What kind of dog breed... more
 
Michael Feldmann |
Wednesday, 9th September 2020
The raspberry, with its botanical name Rubus idaeus, belongs to the rose family, which includes around 3,500 species. The raspberry is a hardy, deciduous climbing shrub that come in a variety of colors, including red, purple, yellow or gold and black. The shrub can bear fruit twice a year. The plants are self-pollinating, but wind, bumblebees and... more
 
Chris Lesley |
Monday, 13th July 2020
Though you may not like it, preventing predation is a part of keeping chickens. With many predators (including foxes, raccoons, coyotes, weasels, badgers, snakes, hawks and rats), it is important to know what kind of predators are in your area and how to protect your precious birds from them.  Domestic chickens make easy prey as their evolution... more
 
Alicja Szubert |
Thursday, 2nd July 2020
"This oak tree and me, we're made of the same stuff." ― Carl Sagan The increasingly common spread of devastating pandemics is a glaring reminder of the key role of the immune system in disease protection. This extends beyond us to all living things, including the trees in our forests and those used as a food source. The steadily increasing... more
 
Chris Lesley |
Wednesday, 20th May 2020
If you have any experience with keeping chickens in your backyard, you know that they quickly become part of your family and, like a family member, you’ll want to do whatever you can to keep them happy and healthy. Even if you consider yourself a chicken keeping expert, you may want to ask yourself, “what can I do better?” Below are six tips that... more
 
Olivia Harrison - Grain Architecture |
Monday, 18th May 2020
When confined to your home, how can you make sure the spaces you spend all your time in are good for your health, as well as the planet's? This crisis has quite literally brought home the importance of having a decent space to live and work in. Do you remember what life was like when we used to leave the house every morning to go to the office? In... more
 
Jennifer Stevens and Pollyanna Darling |
Tuesday, 28th April 2020
1. Boost your wellbeing listening to the sounds of Nature: right now they are louder, clearer and more needed than ever before! If you can spend some time in your local park, sitting beside a tree, or just closing your eyes and listening to the birds outside your window, this can help centre your thoughts and calm internal turmoil. In a calmer... more
 

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