What to do if you get potato blight

September 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

If you grow potatoes, they’ll almost certainly get blight at some point. The first sign is brown spots on the leaves, which may have yellow borders. This quickly spreads and withers all the leaves, until the plant looks quite dead. If this happens to you, don’t panic, all is not lost! At least, it probably isn’t. Blight is a fungal infection that attacks the leaves first, but [...]

Foment in the ferments…

September 12, 2014 // 2 Comments

I try not to eat too many carbs – as in not too much bread, rice, pasta, spuds etc and I very rarely eat sweet stuff. Spuds and pasta were never my favourites, so I can take those or leave them (much to my husband’s chagrin) but I love bread and so the one loaf I bake each week has become truly precious. And it has to be sourdough. I’ve always loved sourdough bread. As a young’un I [...]

Homebrew Thoughts from a B-Road

September 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

I often wonder how many people of a certain age – my age, really – can sometimes walk, at about 8.30 am, past a pub with its doors thrown wide open as the cleaners do their stuff, take a deep breath and be immediately transported back to their childhoods. It’s a rare occurrence these days, I suppose, but I used to walk past a pub which had “that” smell every [...]

New design and a fixed forum

August 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hi there Ishers, lurkers and other random viewers from the internet. We have a new design for the main site, all the content is there just a few tweaks for future expansion plans, things are still moving around as the team tie up loose ends and find more things for the sitegeek to fix. Also on the fixed list is The Forum search function, after another server move, a VERY long reindexing the [...]

Wild Ruins

June 4, 2014 // 1 Comment

Wild Ruins Kickstarter Campaign Over the next six months Dave Hamilton is searching the UK to put together a unique guide to the most hidden and romantic ruins of Britain. From ruined mines, churches, ironworks and deserted villages to abandoned farm houses, hunting lodges, manor houses and even airbases the book will cover the most diverse range of ruins possible.   Without a book such as [...]

Elderflower Cordial 2

June 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Elderflower Cordial 2 An easy recipe for bulk amounts There are countless recipes for elderflower cordial. Here is one for making bulk amounts taught to me by a Swedish girl. We do have a recipe for making a smaller amount. A spray of elderflower • Place a layer of elder flowers in the bottom of a bucket and cover it with a layer of sugar • Repeat this until the bucket is full (a bag of sugar [...]

Elderflower Cordial, elderflower champagne and elderflower wine – Andy Hamilton

June 1, 2014 // 14 Comments

Although we already have an elderflower cordial recipe on our elder article it is one for making it in bulk. I decide that as I have just made a smaller batch of elderflower cordial, some elder flower champagne and our forum is buzzing with talk of elderflower wine it would be good to put up a few recipes here. Elderflower cordial – Elderflower Champagne – Elderflower wine For any [...]

Jobs to be done in May

May 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here’s another very old article I’ve decided to resurrect, some of the links go to the old website and may look a little dated now! The garden in May can be a busy time for the organic grower. A word of warning do think before you plant out those tender vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers; there is still the threat that it will get cold especially in Northern regions. If you do [...]

In Memory of Nick Gooderham

May 1, 2014 // 0 Comments

Last year I lost a very good friend, Nick Gooderham, to pancreatic cancer.  Nick ran a salad, vegetable and cut flower farm in Dartington, close to Totnes in Devon UK (pictured left). He  was an instantly likeable man, kind and generous and humble with his knowledge. One of the things I liked about Nick was his sense of humor, he managed to be very sharp, yet very corny at the same time. At [...]

Nettle Beer

April 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

This is an easy recipe to follow and creates a delightful, if not usual tasting beer. It is very cheap to make and follows a traditionally english recipe. Before hops were widely used in the 17th century all sorts of plant were used to flavor the ale including nettles.(Urtica dioica). It was also thought to help alleviate rheumatic pain, gout and asthma. Nettle beer has become more popular in [...]
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