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Editorial Spring 2016

Written by Nell Merionwen

2016 is romping along with gusto.

Here we are at the beginning of spring already.

With bracing weather and promise of the year's harvests it is time to breath life back into the plots. Have a look here for an idea of what is to be done in March to get the best from the land you have. We have articles a plenty even if you are starting from scratch with a new allotment. If, however the land you have is diminutive in stature then don't lose heart. With this article you can see that having your own home grown in the kitchen is still a good goal to aspire to. In fact, we at downsizer believe that you can still eat your own home grown goodies even if you have no garden at all.

So come on, pull on those gloves and get stuck in.

Of course, we at downsizer are not just about growing your own. We also like to raise our own, and believe you can too. From raising your own chickens, an introduction to Beekeeping, or even first time lambing we are here to help with the assistance of our many resident experts.

We can even assist you in how to deal with the animal before it comes to the table. From butchery to a recipe database we have helpful information on it all.

It's not all about filling our bellies though. We also cater for the crafter in you. From aspiring knitters to breathing a new lease of life into that much loved piece of furniture; it is all within your grasp with our make your own section. You too could become a wizz with your hands.

Never far from our minds are the downsizer ideals of conservation and environment. We can assist you to tread more lightly on the planet. From cutting petrol consumption by jumping on your bike, to promoting essential flora and fauna with a wildlife garden it is all possible.

And once you have browsed the articles and found inspiration please sign up and share your ideas on our friendly forum. You will be made to feel most welcome.


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downsizer.net member Pilsbury. Find out how downsizer has touched the life of our members. Each month will bring a fresh interview with members new and old.


The downsizer forum

Sign up here to become involved in our free, informative and welcoming forum. From community matters to growing and making your own. You will find a hive of information and encouragement.


What's on

Why not celebrate the autumn's harvest at one of our own member's cider and juicing events? Alternatively, if music is your dish you could pop along to a local gig try Blowzabella for example. You can find many interesting reviews of all manner of things on our reviews and what's on page.



Want to keep it ethical? Have a look at our downsizer traders section and forum based trading pages to find ethical, hand made and locally produced, food, gifts and other essentials.

Know how
Using up leftover scraps.

Little Knitted Pumpkins

Give your crafting a seasonal Halloween edge with sally_in_wales Little Knitted Pumpkins


Fairycake Bath Fizzies

Add some fizz to your stocking with sally_in_wales delicious Fairycake Bath Fizzies.


Sewing for knitting

Keep all your knitting essentials organised and tidy with Cathryn's knitting needle roll. You will never need to search the back of the sofa for that errant needle again.


A darn too far: quilts made from old jeans

Don't throw those care worn jeans away. Give them a new lease of life with Cathryn's patchwork quilt.


How to Rebatch Soap

Take a bland soap and experiment with texture, scent and colour with this easy to follow method from sally_in_wales.


Peach Jam

Preserve the taste of Summer for the Winter Months with Green Rosie's scrumptious Peach Jam


Cooking a Pig's Head

No need to be daunted by using up everything but the oink with this great article by Colour It Green: Cooking a Pig's Head


Winter Spiced Jelly

Use up the Autumn cooking apple windfall with gardening-girl's delicious Winter Spiced Jelly


Mixed rice with chickpeas, raisins & herbs

Give simple rice the wow factor with Jamanda's mixed rice with chickpeas, raisins & herbs


What to do with an egg glut

What to do with an egg glut emergency. Solve your conundrum with Nell Merionwen's article.