Mr Woodley’s 114 Year Old Smoker Fuel Recipe Recreated!

[UPDATE JULY 13TH, 2018, I have made a video on how to keep your smoker going which incorporates Mr Woodley’s recipe, please see below]

 

In 1901 Mr Woodley provided his readership a recipe for a smoker fuel:

Most of us have experienced the failure of our “smoker” to belch forth a volume of smoke when urgently needed, and have endured much pain in consequence.  Now if those who suffer in this way will dissolve 1 oz. of saltpetre in 1 quart of water and immerse the smoker-fuel in this solution, then ring same out and dry the rag, brown paper, or whatever material is used, it will burn continuously until consumed. [NBTW 20 June 1901]

So, this is how I recreated the smoker fuel recipe…

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How to turn a raised bed into a hoop tunnel

This blog follows-on from my earlier one about Raised Bed Construction.  I show the reader how I constructed a hoop-tunnel for the raised beds.  It is my intention to plant winter vegetables in these beds.  I shall cover the hoops with a horticultural fleece when the weather becomes colder, hopefully this will promote plant growth over the winter.

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Outlets for Producers: Uffington White Horse Show

honey
VDBKA. 2. Honey from several beekeepers was on sale. Those members who were helping man the stall could sell their honey.

The Beekeeper deserves to earn some pennies for his/her travails.  This blog focuses on one particular outlet for the producer, namely the Uffington White Horse Show which occurs annually.  This year the event took place Sunday/Monday 26/27 August 2012 and was well attended despite the weather.  I helped to man the Vale and Downland Beekeepers Association’s Stall.
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Raised Bed Construction

Cardboard place at the bottom of the raised bed.
Cardboard place at the bottom of the raised bed.

My raised beds have been a work-in-progress since July, mainly because of the delays created by the unseasonal amount of rain Wantage has received this summer.  The blog-post ‘first layer of the raised beds‘ on the ‘Growing a Homestead’ blog prompted me to finish-off the job.  This blog provided the idea of placing a base of cardboard down to suppress the weeds.  A big thank-you to Kelly McMichael for her inspiration.

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Varroa Mite Control Part 2: Applying Bee Medicine

Apiguard
Apiguard

Following-on from my earlier post,  I will now show the reader how to apply Apiguard which is a bee medicine.  Apiguard comes in the form of a can that sits on top of the brood frames.  Because of the height of the can, above 20mm an eke is required to raise the height between the brood box and the crown board.

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