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How to pamper a chicken

How to pamper a chicken

This week: How To Pamper A Chicken.

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How to blow-dry a chicken

How to blow-dry a chicken

Ever tried to blow-dry a chicken? Nope, nor me. But that would never discourage my wife Linda if she thinks it’s going to help...

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Review: Hot Beds

Review: Hot Beds

Think that hot beds were a Victorian gimmick? Think again!

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Review: Chicken Nuggets

Review: Chicken Nuggets

More chicken trivia than you can shake a New Hampshire Red at.

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The blocked sewer: a short horror story

The blocked sewer: a short horror story

Here’s a short horror story: Imagine there is a sewer buried beneath your back garden. There’s a big metal cover on a concrete base, under which the dire stuff flows…away. And hopefully you never see...

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Polytunnel mornings

Keeping an eye on your plot, and getting to work. Can you manage both?

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Free seeds – how did you do?

Free seeds – how did you do?

If you took advantage of our free seeds offer this spring, we'd love to hear how you're getting on

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Review: The Weeder’s Digest

Review: The Weeder’s Digest

An approachable and genuinely inspiring take on edible weeds

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Fuel cells

Fuel cells

Fuel cells are becoming more mainstream, and ethanol may become a viable alternative fuel for developing nations

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Gardening gloves review: gold leaf gloves

Gardening gloves review: gold leaf gloves

Hate wearing gardening gloves? Andy did too, until he was sent a pair of these beauties.

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Review: Growing Perennial Vegetables

Review: Growing Perennial Vegetables

Perennial vegetables may never replace the staple crops that the world depends on, but they certainly deserve to have a bigger space on our plates

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Composting paper

How safe is it to use paper and cardboard in your compost, and in your garden?

GM crops – faster than ever

A move by the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) will lead to ‘speedier regulatory reviews’ for genetically modified products such as those made by Monsanto.

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Gardening, California style…

I don’t smoke pot now, and I haven’t for years. Nor do I grow it...but I used to...

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Solar Panels – the next step

Solar Panels – the next step

The government just lost its appeal over the High Court ruling (of December 21, 2011) that they had acted illegally in announcing early cuts to the FIT - Feed In Tariff - payments for solar panel arrays.

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The Polytunnel Forum

The Polytunnel Forum

Introducing a dedicated polytunnel forum, where tunnelers can swap stories, offer advice, or just ask for help.

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The Tashi Tunnel, part 2

The Tashi Tunnel, part 2

At last, and after much longer in transit than it really should have required, the polytunnel donated by First Tunnels Ltd arrived in Bangalore, India, and was delivered to organic farmer Phurbu Tsering on...

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Mice in the attic

Mice in the attic

Mice in the attic can cause fires by eating through the insulation on electic cables.

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The Silence of the Pigs

The Silence of the Pigs

Andy tried hard to come up with a heartwarming seasonal story... and failed miserably.

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Vole damage in the tunnel

Voles are not usually much of a problem. But if you get one, or two, or more - inside your polytunnel, it could be a very different matter...

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Food Bill threatens self-sufficiency in New Zealand

Food Bill threatens self-sufficiency in New Zealand

Could saving seeds and selling surplus lettuces soon become illegal in New Zealand?

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Christmas is coming…

Christmas is coming…

Christmas dinner? What could beat a nice, home-grown red cabbage?

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Gardening without killing

Gardening without killing

Gardening without killing: while it's impossible to avoid it completely, killing garden pests is unnecessary and can be harmful - to us!

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Solar…Unpowered?

Solar…Unpowered?

If you were planning on putting in a solar panel array and funding it through the government's feed-in tariff payments, you'd better move REALLY fast!

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Act fast if you want solar

Act fast if you want solar

The government is halving the subsidy for domestic solar, as from 12th December 2011

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It would certainly liven the job up

It can be difficult to get your kids to help on the plot, particularly when the job just shouts out ‘work’. That’s why I was so pleased when Number 2 Son (aged 8) showed real interest in...

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Review: The Fruit Tree Handbook

Review: The Fruit Tree Handbook

If you've ever thought about planting a luscious orchard, this comprehensive book will tell you how.

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Skunk Butter…with peanuts

Skunk Butter…with peanuts

Peanut butter and fresh skunk makes a distinctive sandwich filling. If you've never tried it, don't knock it!

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News: killer melons

News: killer melons

The USA is currently in the middle of its worst food scare in more than a decade, and this time it's melons in the firing line.

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Review: Making the Most of your Glorious Glut

Review: Making the Most of your Glorious Glut

Making the Most of your Glorious Glut is a good book of seasonal vegetable recipes that is worthy of a space on your kitchen shelf.

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Review: How to Grow your Food

Review: How to Grow your Food

A professionally produced beginners' book designed specifically for councils to supply to residents, to help get them started.

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Cats on the homestead

Cats are a good way to keep vermin under control, although some can take a heavy toll on other wildlife too.

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Review: Grow Your Food for Free

Review: Grow Your Food for Free

Grow Your Own Food for Free (Well, Almost) by Dave Hamilton is all about gardening without spending money.

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ALL allotments under threat

ALL allotments under threat

The statutory provision of allotments in the UK may soon be under threat, but you can help - if you act quickly.

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Why do we import food from…Peru?

Why do we import food from…Peru?

We can grow beautiful asparagus right here in the UK - so it shouldn’t be necessary to import it, should it?

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Schrödinger’s fowl

Schrödinger’s fowl

Schrödinger's famous experiment disproved by poultry.

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The hidden cost of wool

The hidden cost of wool

You'd think that the climate in the UK would support hay production, but that doesn't appear to be the case.
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