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Make Your Own Christmas Wreath

My completed wreath hanging by the front door. Merry DIY Christmas to you all!!

My completed wreath hanging by the front door. Merry DIY Christmas to you all!!

I have seen lots of plastic door wreaths for sale as we count down to Christmas and not wanting to sound like a snob I think they look ghastly! Who wants a big round chunk of plastic hanging from their door to welcome visitors? I would much prefer something using natural materials that I made myself and which gives off a wonderful pine fragrance when ever you walk past it! Continue Reading →

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Make Your own Pinecone Fire Lighters

 

Pine cone Fire Lighters

Pine cone Fire Lighters

 These firelighters provide a strong and clean burning flame to start your indoor  wood fire, your BBQ, your Brazier or camp fire. Forget the noxious, petrol based store bought fire lighters and make these instead. Each individual pine cone fire lighters has its own wick which when placed in the fire can be lit. I use natural beeswax from my own hives. Avoid using soy or paraffin candle wax as these options are not environmentally friendly. Continue Reading →

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Make A Traditional Adobe Pizza Oven

Traditional Adobe pizza Oven

Traditional Adobe pizza Oven

Would you like to cook wood fired pizza's, bake bread, cook puddings and much more ,in your own hand crafted wood  fired adobe pizza oven? This workshop is a hands on course showing you how, step by step, you can easily make a pizza oven out of easily found, inexpensive materials. The only bought materials you need are fire bricks.

These pizza ovens are made following the traditional adobe building principles and will give years of enjoyment to you, your family and lucky guests! Janet has been making these pizza ovens for 6 years and has her own one at home.

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Build Your Own Adobe Pizza Oven

Adobe pizza oven

Adobe pizza oven

Nights around a fire, creating gourmet pizzas with friends and family. Sounds like you? Well believe it or not it is easy enough to build your own traditional pizza oven. I have been building these ovens for years now and actually built one by myself when I was 7 months pregnant ( I was nesting!) . Gather some easily salvaged materials, get some friends around and you could have one of these beauties built within a day.

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Make A Willow Igloo With the Kids

127A Willow Igloo is a fun, easy, quick and free thing to do this winter. You must harvest the willow in winter when it is dormant. Go down to a river or lake edge and harvest some living willow branches. They need to be at least 2cm thick. Cut long lengths. Decide where you are going to build your willow igloo. A good place is somewhere which receives summer sun but does not dry out too much. Continue Reading →

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Make Birdhouse Gourds With the Kids

Birdhouse Gourds

Birdhouse Gourds

Grow a craft project in your garden this summer?

Growing birdhouse gourds and then making a birdhouse is a great outdoor project to do with the kids. A good winter project when winter gardening is not very comfortable! Gourd birdhouses are attractive to many species of birds including Sparrows, Wax eyes, Swallows and Chaf-finches. It all depends on how big you make the entrance hole to what species of bird you attract. Continue Reading →

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Make a Bug Hilton

Our Bug Hilton

Our Bug Hilton

Beneficial insects, or as I call them the "good guys", play a very important role in any organic garden, maintaining the natural balance. Beneficial insects include many wasps, ladybirds, lacewings, damselflies, hover-flies and different types of bees. Unfortunately like many organisms beneficial insects are under threat from pesticides, spreading suburbia and agriculture. Providing a secure haven in your garden allows these good guys an excuse to make your garden their permanent home. These sorts of insects seem to prefer individual tunnels to either lay eggs or hibernate in during the winter months. Remember you also need to provide a food source of flowers, shrubs and pests. Continue Reading →

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A Thousand Year Old Way to Water your Plants

Effective use of water and gardening go hand in hand

Effective use of water and gardening go hand in hand

Using a buried unglazed terracotta pot you can copy our ancestors. This method of irrigation was invented by farmers in Northern Africa thousands of years ago. Unglazed clay pots are porous which allows water to seep out slowly. This type of irrigation is up to 10 times more efficient than watering plants from above with sprinklers or watering cans, and because it is such an economical way of watering, domestic rainwater barrels can provide all your garden irrigation needs. This method is also cheaper and more reliable than many drip or spray irrigation systems which often clog with foreign particles. Continue Reading →

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Gardening Coaching

 

Baby chicks are everyone's friends

Baby chicks are everyone's friends

Where is the best place to grow vegetables? Where should I build my compost? Where can I plant an apple tree and how do I prune it? If I were to get chickens where’s the best place to house them?  What sort of edible crops are best for my garden?

If you need answers to these sort of questions maybe Garden Coaching is for you. Continue Reading →

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